In loving your enemy, you have the embodiment of true love!
The Bible teaches us that we should love our foes because anyone can love those that love them. I give God the honor and the glory for working on my heart, daily, because things could have turned out differently for me.
Thirteen years ago, I was accused of doing things that I never even fathomed, let alone did. Things that were so outlandish, that if you knew me for 1 day, you’d know that I was incapable of such wickedness, let alone if you knew me for 14 years; but that’s the way the enemy of our soul works. It is the accuser of the brethren. I lost some of the most precious people that anyone could ever have the pleasure of calling family: my husband and my in-laws, through a third party.
From the day that revelations and accusations were made, until today, I’ve done nothing but pray that God would open their eyes to the truth. That they’d come to realize that we DO fight a spiritual battle, and that as God indeed exists, so does Satan, the enemy of our soul. I used to long for reconciliation—in fact, for 12 years; but now I only pray that they are saved. That when my accuser repents of her actions, that full redemption is granted and that they all move forward to live for the Lord. If in the end their soul is saved, then all my pain and sorrow will not be for naught.
God has a plan for all of us, and I am grateful that I obeyed His plan for my life because 2 weeks before my life turned into a nightmare, I had made the dedication to God, that I was no longer going to be playing games with Him. I was going to attend church, every time the doors opened throughout the week. I would no longer let life’s circumstances determine how often I went to or missed church services. I would be faithful, in all respects.
So, as devastating as things turned out, I was able to endure through it all. Not by my own accord, but by God’s grace! He was the one that allowed me to overcome my trial, with dignity. Yes, I was hurt. Yes, I cried. Yes, I was confused. Yes, I had a multitude of emotions; but I was not angry or bitter. I had no hate.
Is that completely natural? I don’t think so. Why? Well, because it’s human nature to react to life-changing events. However, I DO know that if you live wholeheartedly for God, you WILL be able to endure anything that comes your way! Anything!
Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:28 (KJV)
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
So, don’t just love those that love you. Love those that hate you. Love them, as God loves you. You see, if you are truly honest with yourself, you will find times that you too had shortcomings. You may have done or said something that you shouldn’t have. You KNEW better. Why? Because you have considered yourself a Christian for years; yet you recognize that you too had to ask for God’s forgiveness. We are sinners. No, we don’t purposely sin, but because we are human, we tend to commit them from time to time.
So, if we, who know better, have committed things in life that we are ashamed of, how much more reason would someone that is yet to know Jesus, have? Not everyone has been blessed as we have. We KNOW God, and yet we too, have failed.
Yes, some people commit things that, quite frankly, are unfathomable. They have been bound by Satan and are so consumed with darkness, that if someone doesn’t reach out to them, how will they ever know that God’s will is for them to come to the light? Are we not to be used by God, in that respect?
Even if your “enemy” never appreciates your efforts in reaching out to them, do it because it is the right thing to do. Do it, because God asks it of you! Isn’t that enough reason to? Yes, you may be rejected, but that’s okay. Can we ever, possibly, be forsaken more than what our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was? Of course not! He was truly innocent and spotless, yet He endured it until the end so that we may be saved.
Even while being crucified, Jesus only thought of the souls of those that persecuted Him. He was focused on them, more than on His pain. They jeered while mocking Him and accusing Him of saving others, yet not being able to save Himself. As people took pleasure, He endured what none of us can ever fully appreciate. Yes, Jesus was God, but since He was manifest in the flesh, He suffered as a man. He felt no less pain than what you and I would feel, if we too were crucified, in the same manner.
Luke 23 (KJV)
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Yes, Jesus is our example! Thank You, Jesus . . . we love You too!