Luke 6:27-28 But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
Enemies! Does anyone other than me have them? Yes, we all have them.
Enemy=echthros in the greek and is defined as hated, hostile; subst: an enemy.
The dictionary defines an enemy as “one who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another.
Who are our enemies? Many of them are people we know. Those who are or have been in close relations with us and have turned against us for one reason or another.
Jesus says to love my enemies. WHAT???? Love those who have wrong me, lied on me, falsely accused me, scandalize my name, betrayed me, offended me, intentionally hurt me and said all manner of evil against me? Love them? NO WAY!
Is Jesus sure about what He is saying when He tell us to "love our "enemies"? Is this really what He is saying and what He means when He said this?
Is this your response to Jesus command to love your enemies? To be honest, this is the response of many to this command of Jesus, including those who are the people of God.
One thing of a surety about our enemies is God allows their presence in our lives for a purpose greater than what we can see. We will come out as winners in the end.
To win at the end of the process of the enemy's wrath is to stay connect to God by faith in the Word of God and prayer.
It is the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit is where we get the power to sustain us in and through the attacks of the enemy.
Remember Job? God said to satan "have you considered my faithful servant Job?" When the enemy came against Job with his best shot and took his 10 children, all his live stock, killed all his servants, body touched with boils and Mrs. Job said "curse God and die." With one test after the next, Job did not loose faith nor blamed God for what just happened to him.
Instead of throwing in the towel and giving up in faith, Job's faith was strengthened.
Let's listen to Job 1:20-22 Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshipped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked will I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin, and he did not accuse God of wrong doing.
Remember Joseph? His enemy was his own blood brothers who brought about evil against him out of jealousy.
Joseph response to his evil brothers years later in Genesis 50:20 was "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
In both Job and Joseph attacks by the enemy, God allowed it for He had a purpose in allowing it.
The same applies to you and I. God knows who our enemies are, He knows their names, thier intentions against us and He allows them to come against for a purpose of greatness to be developed within us.
Will our enemies be punished? Of course! God allowed His people Israel to suffer at the hands of their enemies (Babylonians) for their disobedience to Him, BUT He in turn punished Babylon because of their evil and wicked ways and oppression of His people.
Let's listen to Jeremiah 50:33-34 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. But the one who redeems them is strong. His name is the LORD of Heaven's Armies. He will defend them and give them rest again in Israel. But for the people of Babylon there will be no rest!
Did you hear that people of God? There will be no rest for your enemies!
The command today is "love our enemies". We are reminded in this same passage of scripture in vs# 46-47 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brothers only, what are you doing more than others?
Love your enemies and do not take revenge. Leave the vengeance to God for He will repay them.
Matthew 5: 43-45 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[c] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
Remember, what the enemy meant for evil, God will work it for our good. I am a witness to this truth and have seen it manifested in my life over and over again. Romans 8:28-We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Pain and suffering definitely DOES NOT feel good, but it WILL work for our good.
People of God, know without a doubt that God will avenge you where your enemy is concerned. Be patient and wait on God for a day of reckoning for your enemy is guaranteed to come.
If we do not get weary in well doing and not faint, we will indeed reap a harvest.
We rise by loving, forgiving and lifting up our enemies in prayer.
Love my enemies??? Jesus says "YES"
God has spoken so let the people of God say "AMEN".
God bless you all.