October 18 – Love Your Enemies

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If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. (Proverbs 25:21)

Read: Jeremiah 31:27-32:44, 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 25:20-22

Relate: There is a story of a soldier during Vietnam. He and his battalion had just gone into a small village that was suspected of harboring Viet Cong. They tore the place up. With weeping women, old men and small children looking on, these soldiers ransacked that place as thoroughly as possible but found nothing worth stealing. Finally they moved on.

Just up the trail from this village, the battalion was ambushed. Our soldier was hit and he blacked out. He remembered waking up briefly while still on that trail to see an old woman leaning over him.This was a woman he remembered seeing back in that village He unsuccessfully tried to remain conscious because he thought he was going to die. He deserved to die. The next time he regained consciousness, he was back in that village, the wound in his side had been cleaned and bandaged and a different villager offered him a cup of tea. A short time later the sound of an approaching helicopter was heard and all those from the village melted away to the woods. Army medics picked him up and this soldier, who should have died but for the kindness of his enemies.

React: Back when I was in the States, a guy that I had been witnessing to once told me, “One thing I like about you, BJ, is that you never get mad.” I started to get proud of myself until he continued: “Nope, you don’t get mad. You just smile and then get even.” I opened my mouth to argue the point, and then shut it again. It was true. God help me, but it is true. Loving my enemies is such a nice thing to talk about or think about, but it is such a hard thing to actually do.

Respond: 

Dear God,
I fall so short in this. You have provided such a beautiful example for me, but I have so much trouble following it. Please help me. Help me to love others just as You loved me when was still an enemy of the cross. Help me to forgive them, not just with my intellect because I know I have to, but also with my heart. With the core of my being. Thank You for loving me. Help me to love others.
Amen

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8 thoughts on “October 18 – Love Your Enemies

  1. In the Sunday sermon this past week the we looked at 1 Peter 2:11-25, on living Godly lives in a Pagan society, which is just as relevant today as it was when the epistle was written. The phrase (not from scripture but quoted in the sermon) ‘it is better to suffer than sin’ has been stuck in my mind since and your writing today reminds me of it again. It is so difficult to love those who persecute us and be willing suffer evil for good and yet Christ has done it for us and is the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls – i love that and find great reassurance in it. Thank you for the post.

  2. Forgiving those that have wrong one from the heart can only be done by the help of the Holy Spirit. We say we’ve forgiven with our mouth but the heart is far from it. Only when the Lord by the help of the Holy Spirit reveals you and your act to you would you be able to see others differently. You might even thank God they hurt you the way they did or else you would not be where you are today in your walk with the Lord. Every experiences does move us closer to God or farther. We move from glory to glory in maturity and all sort. Lord continue to help us see others in light of You our Savior. Amen.

  3. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    With stiff competition there are many rivals who can easily become enemies when we fall into temptation for the corrupt strategies and practices of the world , Lord remind us to love our enemies and forgive them and ourselves so that we live by Your standards in the midst of corruption.

  4. Fantastically hard to take all that is thrown at us, and just catch it and absorb it without retaliation and let it be met with His peace, but this is what Jesus did for us on the Cross. Blessings from a fellow traveller

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