Loving Our Enemies!!!
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 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, that You may be sons of your Father in Heaven: For He makes His Sun rise on the Evil and on the good, and sends rain on the Just and unjust. If you Love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collector do the same?…. What do you do more than others?… Therefore, You shall be perfect, just as Your Father in Heaven is Perfect…….. Matthew 5:43-48
In these verses, Jesus continues to expand on what He meant by Our Righteousness Exceeding the Righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees. And here, Jesus talks about selectiveness in Love. That is, Loving Some people and having hatred for others. Selectiveness in Love is a wrong attitude we must cleanse ourselves from.
In the old testament, it is true that the Children of Israel were Commanded to destroy and show no mercy to the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. They were commanded to see the inhabitants of Canaan as an enemy. Why this? Was it because the Lord hated the inhabitants of Canaan? Far from it!!! God is Love and hated no one. Then why did God permitted it? The inhabitants of Canaan were involved in a lot of wicked abomination as described in Leviticus 18 and 19. And if they were allowed to Live, the children of Israel will be corrupted with their wicked practices, but God wanting to preserve a pure remnants so that through them the whole world would be blessed saw a necessity to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan. The Children of Israel were not strong enough to say NO to these evil practices because the Holy Spirit was not yet given. The destruction of the inhabitants of Canaan is like cutting off a Leg that has cancer to prevent it from affecting other parts of the body. Cutting the affected leg is to prevent the spread of cancer not that we hate the Leg. There is a need for us to understand why they were commanded to destroy their enemies, God hates Nobody!!!
But now, Jesus says “Love Your enemies, bless those who curse You, do good to those who hate You’. In the New testament, God has given us the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to destroy those around us to keep ourselves pure.” God’s nature is Love. This is His nature from the Beginning. He causes the Sun and rain to come on both the Evil and the Good. He is kind even to those who are unthankful to Him. He allows the Sun to shine on those who don’t even believe He exist. He sends rain on the farm on both the Righteousness man and the Evil Man. How will the Evil man survive if the Lord does not send Him sun and rain? Our God is a good God, He Hates no one. God sends Rain and sun on both the Evil and good because He does not want people to turn to Him because of Material things. A lot of people will become Righteous if God sends rain only on the Righteous. A lot will become Righteous not because they Love God but because they want His material blessings. It is a false Gospel that invites people to turn to God because of material blessings. There are millions of people who have material blessings and Yet does not believe in the existence of God. We must cleanse our Hearts from this notions that when God blesses us with physical and material things, then it means He is pleased with us. Always remember the Children of Israel, God said to that generation that they will not come into the land of Canaan, yet He never stopped feeding them with Manna(1 Corinthians 10:1-6). Indeed God is kind to the unthankful and evil(Luke 6:35).
In the New testament, we do not fight with Flesh and blood, we do not have Human as Our Enemies(Ephesians 6:12). Our Enemies are the Devil Himself, Sin and the Lust in our flesh!!!! If you still have any Human as Your enemy, Then You can never fight the Devil. If you think somebody is Your enemy, you are defeated already. If you still pray for the destruction of an Human enemy, You are yet to understand what the New Covenant means. We are to feed our enemies when they are hungry and give them water when they are thirsty. We are to overcome the evil they do to us with Good(Romans 12:20-21). Each time I ask people why they still pray for destruction of their enemies, they always quote a Scripture in the old testament to support their prayers. They are quick to forget that they were many things permitted in the old testament because of the Hardness of Man’s Heart. It is a mark of Hardness of Heart if you wish that Your enemies are destroyed. Some also claim that it is not the person they are praying against but the Spirit behind that person. Sin is deceptive!!! It is quick to find a way to hide itself under spirituality.
Look at Jesus as an Example, despite it was said that the Devil entered Judas to betray Him(John 13:27),Yet Jesus attitude towards Him was a Loving one. He still washed Judas feet just like He washed other Disciples, He even showed Him more Mark of Love by putting the bread into Judas’ mouth. Even when Judas approached Him in the garden to betray Him with a kiss, Jesus still called Him “Friend(Matt 26:50). This was Jesus attitude to a Man who was said that Devil entered. So before You justify yourself that It is the destruction of the Spirit and not the person, Look at Jesus!!! We are to have the same attitude towards those who do Good to Us and those who hate us. We are to be Like the Sun who keeps shining irrespective of your attitude towards it. Whether you curse or Praise the Sun, it never stops shining at You. This is the Mark of Divine Love. This is God’s Nature!!!
One way we can prove that we have become Sons and not mere children of God is by Loving Our Enemies. If we have indeed grown to maturity, we would learn to Love our enemies. In the old testament, they could not be sons of God. They saw God as their Master. But we have come to a Time where God is our Father. And we must prove it with our attitude towards those who hate and do Evil to Us. There is no reward for Loving only those who Love us. Even unconverted people do the same!!! We are to do more than them. If we greet only those who greets us, how are we better than those who are not born again? Our Righteousness must Exceed all of these if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Therefore be perfect, just like Your Heavenly Father is perfect!!! This is the only area where we are called to be perfect Like God. We are to be perfect in Love and being Merciful(Luke 6:36). We cannot be perfect like our Father in wisdom, knowledge, power, and holiness. But in Mercy, we are to be Prefect!!! We can forgive everyone as He does. If others serves Satan by being Evil, why should you?
Dear Friend, how many people who hate you do you Love? How many people who curse You have you blessed? How many who Persecuted you have you prayed for? Remember that Jesus died for You while you were still Sinner(Romans 5:6-10). Is it too much for Him to ask you to Love your enemies? It is harness of heart that calls on Judgement upon enemies. You are to love them, don’t be overcome by Evil. Become Like Your Heavenly Father who sends the rain on both the Evil and the Good. If after these, You still pray for Destruction and vengeance on your enemies instead of Loving and blessing them, because your pastor says so, then it means You value what your Pastor says more than what God says!! Be careful of those high sounding stories they say to more you to pray against them. Don’t be Soulish!!! Believe what God says!!! No Enemies, Demons, even the Devil Himself can touch You without God’s permission. And God will never allow you to be tempted beyond Your ability. May the Holy spirit spread His Love in our Hearts to that we can Love and bless those who curse us in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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Loving Our Enemies!!!