Dim Sum – Your enemies will be at peace with you

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When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

(Matthew 5:44-47 NKJV) “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, {45} “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. {46} “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? {47} “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

If we don’t love people who curse us, hate us, use us, and persecute us then we are no better than any non-Christian. If we hate anyone can we really claim to be children of God? God brings these people into our lives for our spiritual benefit and growth, and if we obey God it will be for the benefit of our enemies also. The Lord tells us how to love our enemies – we are to bless them, which is speaking good things to them, we are to do good to them, and most important we are to pray for them. Doing these things will turn our hate into love and then God can send His compassion through us to them; touching them with the most powerful force in the universe, LOVE. Love always conquers hate as light conquers darkness.

Our natural flesh response is to just get away from them, thinking then our life will be better. Well that is what Jonah thought. Through this experience God was not just working on the people of Nineveh He was also teaching Jonah a lesson about true love and compassion.

God wants us to be vessels of His compassion that He can use to reach a lost and hurting world. The people that we don’t like are probably the people who are hurting the most on the inside. Who are we to judge that they don’t deserve the love of God to touch their hearts? Who are we to withhold good, and blessing, and our prayers for them; thus keeping the knowledge of God from them?

The Christian life seems to be a series of lessons about how bad we can be and how great God’s mercy and compassion is.

We must never forget that we are not in a war with people, we are in a war with Satan. The people that we consider enemies are just prisoners of war taken captive by Satan. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The power of God, which is the power of love, can turn an enemy into a best friend. Showing love to an enemy pleases God and proves that we have great spiritual maturity. (Proverbs 16:6-7 NKJV) In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. {7} When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

We must always remember that as citizens of heaven we are ambassadors sent to represent the kingdom, and our King, Jesus Christ. Only by compassion and love can we represent the God of love, the God of compassion. We show love even to our enemies by doing good to them. By blessing them, which is saying good things to them, and saying good things about them behind their back, speaking blessings and not cursing. (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. The most important way we show love is through prayer, this is where spiritual battles are fought and won. Doing all these things will cause the compassion of God to flow through our hearts as a river of life. It will change our enemies’ life and even if they are not affected it will definitely change our life, which is God’s plan anyway.

Don’t try to avoid God’s will for your life – you will run into a storm. If it is your destiny to be conformed to the image of Jesus, you will be conformed whatever it takes. (Romans 8:28-29 NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. {29} For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Sometimes as Christians we develop a competition mentality against our brothers and sisters. So that we withhold doing good, blessing, and even praying for our brother or sister thinking they have been blessed enough, or what if God blesses them more than me, what about me? This shows spiritual immaturity because in God’s kingdom the giver is always blessed more than the receiver is. Maybe your blessing is getting held up because God wants you to bless others so He can bless you. Also the people that we think are on top and “have arrived” are the ones who need our prayers the most, these people are on the front lines of the battle and we don’t know what all they are going through, but we are commanded to pray for one another. This causes us to become unified, and we know that we are a part of their success or failure by what we say and pray.

Remember Jesus told us in (Matthew 5:44-47 NKJV) “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, {45} “that you may be children of your Father in heaven..”

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5 Responses to Dim Sum – Your enemies will be at peace with you

  1. Pingback: Competition in the Kingdom | YOU DECIDE

  2. Excellent. Thanks for an explanation that gets to the heart of the matter and touches the soul.

  3. mtsweat says:

    These are excellent words that we all need to hear, as believers. My pastor recently challenged us to ask ourselves, “what do we do in the course of the day that allows the world to know Christianity is different than the other religions of the world?” This is definately one area that speaks loud and clear that Jesus brings radical change in the lives of His people. We love our enemies, and our battle is not against flesh and blood. Thanks for a great post. God bless.

    • ptl2010 says:

      MT, thanks for being ever supportive. Yes, I have written this blog because I have observed how many non-believers say there is no difference in Christians because they do take revenge when they know the Bible says Vengeance is mine says the Lord. This is a reminder that we need to watch that our walk is in cinque with the Word. and also that we should be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.

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