Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who abuse you. We have all heard that, we all know the Bible tells us that.
We mostly believe it too, or tell ourselves we do, until we are faced with an actual enemy, until we are persecuted, hated, cursed or abused. That is the precise moment that we realize just how hard this is to do.
It is very easy to personalize and internalize persecution by our enemies, who wouldn’t do that? An arm for an arm is what the world tells us to do. It is a dog eat dog world now and the prevailing attitude is “look out for number one”. Therefore we feel somewhat vindicated when we go after our enemies with the same venom with which they persecute us.
However if we take a step back and look to scripture for answers we find that God does put people in our path that we wish were anywhere but in our lives. Or if we see them in our path we try to resist the urge to run over them. It isn’t a fluke, or mistake that these people have come into our lives, God is using this situation to conform us into the image of Christ.
What’s more, as much as we would love too and as good as it would feel, by resorting to revenge we are no better than those who persecute us. Hard pill to swallow but as Christians we are to look at things with a God view and not a world view.
Another thing that hit me like a ton of bricks is that regardless of what this misguided person who is the persecutor has done to you, they are still a child of God. Maybe God put this person in your path to show them what can happen by trusting and believing in God.
By loving those who persecute you and praying for them you are touching them with the most powerful force available to you…… Our God.
God’s love will ALWAYS conquer hate as the light that is God permeates the darkness. By loving our enemies we let God’s light fill our enemy’s darkness. Bless your enemy, God will bless you. I guarantee it.
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