Loving our enemies is perhaps one of the most unrealistic things Jesus asked us to do..
Scanning the enemy database: who to love?
The guy who cheated on you and run away with your best friend,leaving you at the altar ?
The lady who said all those horrible things about you and is always scheming to get you into trouble?
The person that despises you for no solid reason?
That person you so wish something bad would happen to?
who to love?
Well, no one said doing what the Lord wills was going to be easy…
You will need to be a professional Christian for this one…
Don’t pray to God to eliminate your enemies because, Spoiler Alert! He put them there in the first place.!!
He put the Israelites into captivity in Babylon and asked them to pray for and seek the good will and peace of the Babylonians. Their captors! Why? Because their peace depended on the peace of their enemies…PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES (Jeremiah 29:1-7)
Realize how hating them, plotting against them or secretly loathing gives you more emotional exhaustion and heartache than you can bear?
Here how to do it..
Do good to them (Luke 6:27)
Refuse to speak evil of them (Luke 6:58)
Thank God for them
AND ask that they be blessed.. When they are doing well, you are better off…
David refuse to kill Saul, even when he got his chance..He called him Anointed…YOUR ENEMY IS ANOINTED BY GOD to function!..seriously..
Joseph needed his enemies to work out God’s plan for his life(1 Samuel 24:4-6,16-17;26:7-10)
Paul needed his ‘thorn’ to explore sufficient grace (1 Corinthians 12:7-9)
Jesus could had smacked the devil ‘straight outta Judas’ but this enemy (Judas) was necessary for God’s purpose of salvation.
So next time when you tempted to set your enemies on fire with some blows and spiritual fire bolts, try asking the Lord to love them through you…surely there will be remnants of that Love in your heart.
Besides, you will need those ‘enemies’ when God sets your table…its not that easy to recruit new spectators for your glorious table setting..(Psalms 23:5a)
Till we meet again..