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Matthew 5:38-48 – “Sacrifice & Love”

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My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, Sept. 30th  Our current Wednesday Series is THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit

Matthew 5:38-48 – “Sacrifice & Love”

Retaliation & Personal Sacrifice – vv. 38-42
Hatred & Love of Enemies – vv. 43 – 48



This principle was in place to promote fair treatment when wrong had been done, but overtime it was used to condone retaliation and seeking out revenge.

Turn the other cheek – v. 39

Give up your coat – v. 40

Go the extra mile – v. 41

Go and lend to those that ask – v. 42


Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you – v.44

So that we will grow and mature as sons of the Father – v. 45

Our life will be a Christlike testimony to others – vv. 46-47



Romans 12:9-21

Romans 12:9–21 – [9] Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. [10] Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. [11] Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. [12] Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. [13] Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

[14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. [15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. [16] Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. [17] Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. [18] If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. [19] Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” [20] To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” [21] Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)

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