Actively Loving My Enemy
Posted on January 10, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
“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” NKJV Matthew 5:44-45
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: okay, sounds difficult and certainly not my preference but I can choose to love my enemies by God’s grace. So far, it doesn’t sound like I actually have to interact with them.
Will it cost me? You bet.It will cost me time, requiring I sacrificially give it when in my heart I’d rather be doing something else.It will cost me pride, requiring I humble myself.It will cost me self-protection, requiring I trust Christ to be my guard.It will cost me effort, requiring I go out of my way to find ways to serve my enemy.It will cost me self, requiring I be more concerned with their needs than my own.It will cost me the satisfaction of being right (if I am), requiring that I value God’s glory above my own.It will cost me in intention, requiring I seek ways to do good to them rather than ways to avoid them.
Think About This: “Becoming obsessed with what people think is the quickest way to forget about what God thinks.”―
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. -2 Peter 1:5-8(NIV)
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