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Who Is My Enemy?

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

After calling His followers to love our enemies, Jesus tells us that we are to be perfect in our love just as the Father is. Romans 5 says that God loved us enough to give His Son while we were enemies.

We are encouraged to be at peace with everyone. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18). We are not to pick fights. We need to watch what we say and how we say it. “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6).

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). We have been given a charge of begging people to be reconciled through Christ to God (II Corinthians 5:18-21).

If I follow Jesus’ words and the Father’s example by loving and praying for my enemies, how can they stay my enemy? The answer is that I will not see them as my enemy. I will see them as people with needs, especially the need of reconciliation with God.

Who is really my enemy?

Our struggle, our warfare, our enemy is God’s enemy. That enemy is Satan and his spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12).

No matter how uncaring, evil, depraved, murderous, or vocal against God people are, they are not our enemies. Our task given us by our Lord Jesus is to love them and to do everything possible to get them to accept Him as Savior.

Song: “I Share The Perfect Love”

Merciful Father, open my eyes and my heart to truly love those who hurt me, my family, and others so that I will love them and do what I can with Your help to bring them to You. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

es_witt_504@yahoo.com



Breaking The Chains

“Because of the oppression of the poor, because of the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, says the Lord” (Psalm 12:5).

On Liberty Island in New York Harbor stands the Statue of Liberty. Written on a tablet on its pedestal are words from the poem “The Colossal” by Emma Lazarus. Part of that poems says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” At the feet of the statue lies a broken chain.


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Amazing Magic

“For some time a man named Simon had preached sorcery in the city
and amazed all the people of Samaria” (Acts 8:9).

 

It is not unusual to be asked, “Did you read the good news in your
horoscope today?” Or, to hear, “When you take that test, I want you
to know I am wishing you all the luck in the world.” Both are
suppositions, devoid of a knowledge of God’s providence, all
depending instead on “magic, sorcery, a rabbit’s foot, and a crystal
ball for advice and assurance for the future. 

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