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The American Bible Challenge

Bible Study: Week 2 Day 6

Passage: Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


  1. What’s your initial reaction to this passage?
  2. What do you think are your next steps with the challenging person(s) around you?  Ask God for wisdom and clarity. You might want to process your ideas with your small group or trusted friend. The wonderful thing about God is that he gives us the strength to obey him!

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