Before I answer the question, I need to let you know that this question was posed to me by a 6-year old. I don’t know if the question was prompted by a recent sermon I preached on Matthew 5:43-47 or a lesson taught at home, but the question is very insightful – no matter how or why the Spirit directed him to ask it. How encouraging and exciting to see young children “do theology”!
Well, here was the answer I gave (with a little more elaboration):
First, Satan is antithetical to everything God is. He lies, cheats, hates, distorts, and kills (John 8:44; I Peter 5:8). His agenda is an evil agenda (Ephesians 6:12). He is the administrator of evil into this world (Ephesians 2:2). Thus, to love Satan would seem to show hatred for God.
Second, Satan cannot be redeemed (I Timothy 5:21). In fact, no angel can be redeemed. The story of salvation is a design for mankind.
Third, the context of Matthew 5 is addressed to humans about humans (e.g. “brother” or “anyone). We are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27); angels are not. Thus, the context does not include any kind of angel – whether evil or not.
In conclusion, I would say that loving our enemies is about loving other humans – not Satan.
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