Enemies

October 18, 2015

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ENEMIES; here’s a topic you don’t hear much about, but the bible addresses this issue and be honest, not everyone likes you, nor will you get along with everyone. It’s great to talk about love, and puppies, but admit it, you’ve been burned by someone, sometime.

So let’s deal with it.

An enemy may show hostility or ill-will and seek to do harm because of an antagonistic or destructive attitude. None of us is entirely free from unhappiness caused by the wrongs of others. Our inclination may be to respond in kind, to retaliate, “get even” “give more than you get.” (See Corinthians 2:14.)

But the Word of God always speaks about these kinds of responses:

“Live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18, NIV).

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil” (Romans 12:17, NIV).

“Do not take revenge” (Romans 12:19, NIV)

“Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you” (Matthew 5:44, KJV).

“Do good to them that hate you”

“Pray for them which despitefully use you”

There are certain attitudes and actions which tend to create enemies or widen differences:

  1. Selfish actions or lack of sensitivity toward others.

  2. An unwillingness because of pride to realize that we may be the “offender” rather than the offended.”

  3. Talking about people rather than to them, “putting them down” or criticizing their attitudes and actions instead of humbly confronting them. Propagating our own version of a story serves to polarize a relationship; a story usually grows worse as it is repeated by others. Such actions are hypocritical.

  4. Deliberately ignoring a tense situation rather than praying about it and acting to correct it. Ignoring someone will not reduce tensions.

  5. Abdicating responsibility by passively enduring a situation rather than taking initiative.

  6. Taking refuge behind a facade of “righteous indignation.”

  7. Believing that we are morally superior because we found something to condemn in others.

  8. Not realizing that it is often harder to forgive those we have wronged than those who have wronged us.

  9. Refusing to “go the second mile” or to “turn the other cheek” as taught in the Scriptures. We are expected to forgive up to “seventy time seven” (Matthew 18:21,22, KJV). Forgiveness is the essence of a redeemed life. “Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37, KJV).

  10. Disobeying God’s Word which specifically commands us to love our enemies, bless them, do good to them, and pray for them (Matthew 5:44).

Ok, here’s the tuff part, the mature Christian will always assume the responsibility for being a peacemaker. Encourage him to assume the attitude of Christ, who never demanded His “rights”. When he was reviled or spit upon, He didn’t retaliate.

The Word of God teaches us not to become bitter, hostile, or vengeful toward another person. If we do, we become the losers. We might not like what others do or say, but we must learn to love them as Christ commanded.  Matthew 5 demonstrates how we are to act: to love those who hate us, rather than react in retaliation. We must recognize God as the answer to reconciliation and peace (Gal. 5:22,23).

So holster the gun, put away the flame thrower, calm down, and deal with it.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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