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Can You Really Love Your Enemies?

If I asked you if you had any enemies, what would you say?

Could you sit and list hundreds? Or would you struggle finding even one person to add to the list?

The word enemy in Webster’s is defined as “one that is antagonistic to another, especially : one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent.” It also uses it in context that items can be your enemy (something harmful or deadly like alcohol, etc), also a military adversary or a hostile unit or brute force.

Well, I’m not in the military, even through I grew up in a military family. And the little people I know certainly could be called a brute force or hostile unit some days! But I don’t think that’s what Webster’s was talking about! As far as items, the only one that comes to mind is sugar. Sugar and I have a love hate relationship. I love it, but boy it hates me. Relate at all? 

We all have someone that antagonizes our life.

In fact, now that you know what an enemy technically is, I bet that list you started would grow!

I have a lot of antagonizers in my life, but one tops the list. That person is someone who chooses to speak words of bitterness and anger around me, they even mock my faith from time to time. They have been known to lie, steal and cheat. Honestly, that person is probably on a lot of people’s lists when I think about it. That makes me sad. But when you live your life blinded by pride and selfishness, I guess that becomes a natural consequence.

We have more enemies than we realize in this life. That’s kind of crazy and a total buzz kill.

Our enemies come in all shapes and sizes. They weave in and out of our lives.

They can be our spouse, a family member, our neighbor, church people, coworkers, the random driver on the highway or the lady in line at the grocery store. Even the sweaty grunter on the machine next to me at the gym could make my list!

And then let’s not forget about the definition that it can be a thing that causes destruction in our life. Items like alcohol, pornography, sugar, vanity, celebrity culture and politics come to mind.

Does this make you feel paranoid? Defeated? Overwhelmed? I mean, it feels like our enemies are EVERYWHERE!

God has a lot to say about how we should treat others.

Jesus calls us to love. Not a few others, or some others, but ALL. THE. OTHERS. Even the enemies.

For this is the message you heard from the very beginning: We should love one another. (1 John 3:11)

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)

How do we show love to our enemies?

This week I read a post from Christine over at “Take The Leap” that talks about how we can pray for our enemies. It’s a heartfelt reflection of her coming to terms that an abusive ex from her past is an enemy and the power she found to overcome his “hold” on her heart.

>>Click here to read more about how to pray for our enemies<<

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