Are We to Love Our Great Enemy, Satan?

m. j. hendricks

lucifer-cast-out-of-heaven-dore“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” (Mark 5:44).

Jesus not only preached these familiar words as part of his Sermon on the Mount to his disciples, but he also modeled them by speaking to, eating with, and even dying for sinners (Rom. 5:8). But is this a universal truth to be applied in all cases? In his explanation of the Parable of the Tares, Jesus tells the disciples that “The enemy who sowed [the tares] is the Devil” (Matt. 13:39a). Simple logic would argue like this: Jesus commands us to love our enemies; Satan is our enemy; therefore, we must love Satan. But is that true? Are we to love our great enemy, Satan?

The problem with the logic above is that it does not take into account…

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