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Taking Care of Our Enemies

Taking care of Your Enemies

Taking care of our enemies, let’s face it…it is not an easy task. It is a hard thing to tell some people that they should learn to love their enemies.

For some odd reason, it is even harder to tell Christians to do the same. It happens to often that we tend to get “long-faced” at our enemies whenever they do evil to us.

It could be minor stuff like not holding the door open as you are approaching or something big like a serial murderer killing your child. The natural human emotion and reaction to these is, “go to hell,” or “you’re going to hell,” but Jesus taught a totally different method than that.

In whole, Jesus taught us to really let Him handle the “you’re going to hell,” and we should ask Him to  have mercy on such person that evilly treats you. In Proverbs chapter 25 it says:

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat and if he’s thirsty, give him some water to drink. The percentage of people who can do this is very small; the percentage actually doing this is even smaller. In the book of Jeremiah (chapter 25) the LORD speaks about making all nations drink of the fury of His cup.

Taking Care of Our Enemies

 

All evil people will have to drink of this cup even if they refuse (v28-29); so we as Christians waste our time holding evil thoughts against our enemies. Our enemies are the LORD’s enemies and it is for the LORD to handle the business of repaying evil.

I was looking in the book of Ezekiel this morning and it was stating how the God of Israel was going to take vengeance on the children of Ammon for celebrating the removal of the children of Judah as Judah went into captivity. Now I read in Proverbs chapter 24 where the Lord states:

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Many people love to celebrate when something happens to their enemies; but you could very well be giving your enemies a break by rejoicing. Nevertheless, Ammon, Moab, and Edom all rejoiced and were glad when the children of Judah were finally taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar.

Taking Care of Our Enemies

The LORD rebukes them for this and gives a punishment that was prophecied during the days of Noah. Edom received an even worse punishment and it will given by the hand of the the children of Israel (the very people they despised and rejoiced over). The God of Israel tells Edom they will see the anger and fury of the LORD and will totally understand the LORD’s vengeance.

We should all understand the LORD’s vengeance as well. When I see people doing evil, even if they clearly know what they are doing; I know deep down that they do not know what they are doing. Because if they knew what they were really doing, they would not do it.

This is why Jesus prayed on the cross for His accusers and killers, and why brother Stephen did the same when the Jews stoned him.

Taking Care of Our Enemies Makes Us More Like God

Take care of your enemies; it increases the mind of Christ within you, and heaps coals of fire upon your enemies in case they do not repent. God bless you today in Jesus name!

 

Koko Ishe

 

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One Comment

  1. Marcus PrinceMarcus Prince

    That is a tall task brother Ishe to do but will try my best every day to do it. man that is a tall task. Thank you brother

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