Love Your Enemies.
In today’s conversation I would like to discuss why we should love our enemies. Last week we discuss about letting love guide our conversations and why we should take the road of peace. Both discussions concluded that it is not only God’s will but it is a benefit for us. The same can be said about loving our enemies. No matter what our world is experiencing we will at some point have an enemy and when we are faced with one or two or three or ……so on, it is crucial how we handle them. Like last week’s Monday’s blog we discuss how our reaction to them will determine what or who really has our heart. Sometimes our enemies can cause us to become angry and push us to say or do things that we may regret later on but how I see it, this is God’s training ground. As a believer of the Most High I have heard many people ask God to give them patience or other attributes of the Holy Spirit. So when you are face with enemies or frustrating situations perhaps this is God’s way of answering your prayers. The more you submit to God under those difficult scenarios the more these attributes will be perfected in you.
So lets get into why we should love our enemies. In Proverbs 25:21-22 it says “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you”. Also in Romans 12:19 it says “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”. Interesting that Proverbs 25:21-22 is also Romans 12:20. You see God is wanting us to respond in love. He wants us to be mature sons and daughters and not react like wild beast who act only according to the flesh. Many times at my previous job I would try to respond in a way that would not give God who I profess “a bad name”. I tried to remember who I am representing and who I will have to answer to. Not only did I respond back in this manner because I wanted to please God (I was not perfect in the area though 100% but I tried) but I believed that the Lord would fight back for me and He did fight back on my behalf. All I had to do was love the other person as myself and stay on the road of peace.
So are you facing an enemy? How are you responding to their evil deeds? Are you trusting that the Lord does see and He will fight on your behalf? I ask these questions because I believe they will help you refocus your perspective in those challenging situations. A lot of times its hard to stay focus when we are currently being challenged but here is a helpful saying that I heard a long time ago, “Stop, Focus, and Refocus”. When faced with that hard situation don’t just go off and allow anger to take over but instead stop and think. Next stay focus on really what matters which is to really obey God’s word. When you are focus then you can refocus on how to handle that situation in a Godly manner. An encouraging thing to remember is that the other person’s behavior is not a reflection of you but it is really a reflection of what is going on in the inside that person. Many times we feel like we have to defend our character because the other person is bashing us or trying to make you out to be a horrible person but as long as you and God know the truth that is what matters. This is why having confidence in what and who God says you are is super important. Here is a link of Affirmations that a wonderful sister sent to me and I find to be a blessing and I hope you will too: Simply MichMich.
So to close I hope that this conversation will be help to those who are still fighting in the natural instead of submitting to God’s commandment. I know from experience that there those who really desire to see you fall but I also know that I can’t fall because God is holding me up. If you give the Lord a chance you to will see the salvation of the Lord. So remember my sisters and brothers, take it one day at a time and stay encouraged in the Lord!
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