love your enemies #peace

Day 14: Love Your Enemies…WHAT?!!?

love your enemies #peace

If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life.

It’s Valentine’s Day, so obviously as a blogger, I have to tie today’s post into that somehow and make a valid attempt to not be cheesy. Today’s challenge to maintain peace in your life is simple:

Love Your Enemies 

That’s it. See? It’s so simple you can’t even believe you just read that.

Earlier in our series, we talked about not responding with hate and learning how to walk in love. Today, being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to reiterate that. And, let you know the truth, it’s much harder than you think.

I’ll be honest, I have enemies, quite a few as it turns out. I wasn’t really aware of that until recently but it is what it is. The bible says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44. 

Want more honesty? I think that is the hardest principle in the bible.

How do you love those who humiliate you? How do you love those who want nothing more than to see you in pain? How do you love those who falsely accuse you? How do you love those…those people that Jesus died for too? How do you love the very people that Jesus loves?

I will tell you that I, myself, in my own accord cannot. However, Christ who lives inside of me can. Of course, that also means I have to let him.

Maybe today is the day to forgive? Maybe today is your day to lay it down and let it go? Or maybe today is the day to realize the truth, that we have enemies and someway, somehow we are to love them too.

I do know one thing, hate will only consume you and rob you of the life Christ died to give you. Hate punishes you alone, not your enemy.

I challenge you today, take a few seconds and pray for those who have persecuted you or have hurt you. Just pray and simply ask God to let you see them the way he sees them. Then, choose to lay the hate down and pick up love instead.

If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life.

 

 

2 Comments
  • Babs C.
    Posted at 15:44h, 14 February Reply

    Sarah, I think you hit the nail on the head with the key phrase “simply ask God to let you see them the way he sees them. Then, choose…” It is so hard to learn this loving enemies lesson, but without it, the hate hurts the hater and everyone the hater loves! When I ask God to help me see through His eyes, I get glimpses through the eyes that love so much that He sacrificed His own son for “these people” that God loves. Sometimes, He has me look in the mirror at those times too, and I am humbled in knowing I am not always easy to love either 🙂 I really was floored when God reminded me that there are those out there that are praying to love their enemies and are thinking of me. Ouch. I know its different when someone intentionally and overtly is our enemy, it makes the choice to love and not hate so much more difficult in our own hearts. But, I also know from multiple very difficult experiences, that God’s grace is sufficient for me in those tough choices. Now, after unfortunately plenty of opportunities to practice, it is almost easier for me to love the “big” enemies than those who seem small or unintentionally hateful. Still difficult when it is a personal attack, but God’s love is helping me to heal and be whole. I think when the heart healing is complete, or as complete as possible in this life, then we really can “take no notice of suffered wrongs” and it won’t even phase us a moment. Our {super}natural response will be love, graciousness, prayer, and we won’t even be provoked to retaliate. I hope I get there sometime in this life 🙂

  • Anna Marie Penix
    Posted at 14:51h, 17 February Reply

    Oh, boy….this IS really a hard one. But we are wise to do it. And your observations are so right. One of my favorite songs says, “Hatred loses and forgiveness wins.” It is a choice…and God will give us the strength to do it if we chose to. Good advice, Sarah!

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