Vital COVID-19 Instruction - Love Your Enemies

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 21, 2020

To wear a mask or not wear a mask?
To sneeze in someone’s presence.
To open church or not to open church?
Who would have thought that these things could be so polarizing?
The invisible enemy of the coronavirus is making us view each other as the enemy.

  • You are not taking COVID-19 seriously.
  • You are infringing on my rights.
  • You are putting me at risk by going out.
  • You are putting our economy at risk by staying home.

Enemies suddenly abound!
Let us read with humility the Savior’s Sermon on the Mount recorded in Luke 6:17-49 (click here). 

“Love your enemies.”
Looking into the mirror of God’s law is always a humbling activity. Love my enemies? Sorry, Jesus. I’ve made judgments about the people around me. Guilty.
That makes each of us an enemy of Jesus!

But God does love his enemies. “While we were still enemies, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Amazing love! Amazing grace!
As we have been loved by our Savior, so may we show that we are followers of Him by loving our “enemies.” "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." 
You see that kind of love of enemies in David (read 2 Samuel 1 & 2 here)when he learns about the death of his enemy King Saul and the death of the “Crown Prince” Jonathan.
Come Holy Spirit, empower us to love our enemies as Jesus did that we might be revealed as children of our heavenly Father. Amen.

Bible Studies

Pastor Nate just began his Following the Promise course. This course can be taken in preparation of becoming a ministry partner (member) here at St. Paul's or simply as a great review of the love of our Savior God for you. Join him for this online study! For more information, email him at

Our church body also has established the TELL Network that is offering three online/video courses. 

  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Truth Brings Peace
  • Spiritual Healing

The four instructors of the TELL Network serve as pastors all over the world - the US, the Philippines, Sweden and India. Just seeking their biographies reminds me of the power of God's Word to unite us.

Check it out here. 

God bless your reading and study of God's Word.

Pastor Pete


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