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Something We Must Not Love, The World

Ponder: Doesn’t God love the world? Why shouldn’t I?

Scripture: “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15a, NKJV).

Who would deny that love is good? Yet God’s word teaches that we should not love certain things. Even love can be misdirected.


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Best Of Intentions

“The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go” (Matt 21:30 NASU).

We’ve all heard it. Always sobering to hear. Causes us lots of self reflection. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” A bit thread-worn after all the abuse but it still has a profound effect upon those who are tender-hearted about their spiritual lives.


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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

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