Love Thy Enemy

Humanity’s reaction to aggression is usually aggression. Think about it. Someone calls you a name, you want to call them one right back. Not any old name though. It needs to be more vile and horrible so you can show your superiority. Someone takes from you, you want to take right back. Same scenario applies from before. It is the nature of sin. Greed and pride are the battle we must fight everyday or we lose against satan. Honestly, I am guilty of this but each day I try again to overcome my nature by replacing it with God’s.

Any of you that are my Facebook friends know, I have been studying politics and history the last few weeks. It is something I do every few months as a reminder of the evil this world holds. Humans do have very short memories. It really upsets me to see the harm man has done to each other for the sake of personal want. The power-lust and hate are brutal to the innocent. It causes an anger to build inside of me towards the injustice served daily.

After I have had my fill, I pull back and contemplate my reaction and then think of God. See, all sin is against Him. All wrong is against His nature. I am righteously angry but what will I do with that anger?  Well, what does He tell me to do?

Matthew 5: 43-46 (KJV)

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
The very first time I remember hearing this passage of scripture, I kind of blew it off. I justified in my mind that I was right to act on my anger because it was righteous. Someone had hurt my pride and deserved my wrath. In doing so, I disobeyed my Father. In doing so, I fed the beast of sin by doing what I wanted instead of what I needed.

Did this behavior help me in my journey? Did angels surround me in song and did the glow of heaven shine upon my actions? Nope! I shadowed  myself with darkness and hate. Love and light can’t come in when I revel in sin. I set God aside for pride.

Now, does loving thy enemy mean condone the wrong they do? Not at all. Does love thy enemy mean join in their wrong doing or glorify it? Not a chance. I have said before, any enemy may some day become a sister or brother in Him and I must always remember that.

How many times has someone hurt you? Can you count that high?Now consider once again that ALL sin (past, present and future) is against God. Yet, he loves every living soul until their last breath. He gives each one the chance of redemption through Jesus up until the end.

Does this mean I believe there should be no war? No, God tells us there will be times of war. I also believe there is an unseen war waging around us every day. I believe prayer to be the most useful weapon in our arsenal but I will always try to love those I do not agree with or those that wish me harm.

If I choose to love my enemy, I am free from the bondage of hate. I am not a slave to dark thoughts and guilt. Instead, I shine God’s goodness. I make a choice to be a beacon of light through the crowd. HE gives that to me…the freedom and peace of love.

Think about the world each day through His eyes…through His spirit…with His heart. Consider all the sin you have committed and the fact that God still loves you and wants you to come to Him…even when you are mad. Love thy enemy is not a suggestion but a lifeline. The same line He throws to you each day.

Peace, love and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

4 comments on “Love Thy Enemy

  1. Great life lesson and reminder! As you know I have to make a daily choice , sometimes hourly, heck…minute to minute, a quality choice to forgive my detractors. I , too, vent it out but quite honestly, my friends laugh at me when I tell them that I should not have said what I did! Simply because it is mild in comparison “to the world”. But to whom much is forgiven , much is required. My God requires more from me, and I know it! I used to have trouble in getting righteously angry because I always felt guilty. It is when I delved into the study of what that means, it never means to give tit for tat, slander for slander, insult for insult. It is set aside for those violating and diminishing God’s glory. Like Jesus did in the temple, they were using the church as a marketplace, as you said, Lady Di, for greed. If we saw a man beating his wife at a restaurant, that would be righteous anger to stop it! Yes, we should forgive 70 X 7, and yes, sometimes, it takes a few minutes to get there. It used to take me days though so that is a good indication that I am letting God take over my character more and more and dying to self daily. Thanks for this. I look so forward to your weekly column.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Eagle. There is a fine line between righteous anger and rage. It is a lesson I continue to work on and try to teach my children. It is alright to be mad but you must focus the energy on positive instead of negative. 😀

  3. wow. this one shot me right between the eyes. I am so guilty of “righteous indignation”. If it’s so righteous, why do I feel convicted afterward? LOL Wonderful post, Diane. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

    • Thank you, Kathy. This is something we are all guilty of at times. It is so easy to allow anger turn to hate. I try, not always successfully, to think and pray before I open my mouth.

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