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God Commands Us to Love One Another & To Forgive

An enemy is anyone who has taken a personal interest in harming someone.  Although it isn’t always easy, in fact, I guess it’s probably never easy…we are commanded by God to love our enemies.

Jesus, himself, said “You have heard it said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45

You may be asking yourself WHY???

The first reason I believe we should love our enemies is because holding on to anger and grudges will allow us to be overcome with evil. [See previous blog post on this topic here: https://proverbsmomma.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/how-to-control-your-temper/%5D

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20

The second reason we should love our enemies is because in doing so, our enemy loses. The reason someone decides to do something malicious to someone else is to get a reaction out of them. If you get angry when they do something to harm you, you are letting them have control of you. By keeping your cool and praying for them despite their evildoing, you are not only being a great example for Christ, but you are also allowing God to take care of the situation, rather than putting it in your hands and prolonging the problem.

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21

The third, and probably the most important, reason we should love our enemies is because it is what Jesus would do.

Even when the people of His time mocked Him, beat Him, drove nails through His hands and feet, pierced his flesh with thorns and a spear, in the end He shouted out to God and said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

He did not hold malice in His heart towards the people. He prayed to God for his enemies. During his time on this earth, He ministered to the lowest of the low. He did not care about social status, wealth, profession, etc. He ministered to everyone and did so with a willing spirit because God was working through Him.

Do you remember those W.W.J.D. bracelets that were immensely popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Maybe it was just because of the circle of people I hung out with, or maybe because I live in the Bible belt (Georgia), but everyone used to wear those. I used to wear multiple bracelets at a time in different colors (because if I remember correctly, each color was supposed to represent something). Why don’t people LITERALLY wear Jesus on their sleeves anymore? We SHOULD! They are a great reminder to think and act like Christ.

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Additional Verses of Reference:

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

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Honor the Sabbath by Going to Church

Why do Christians not treat church like the sacred place that it is?

I’m not trying to point the finger at others either…I have been guilty of this.

I get it that people are busy. Many of us have jobs. We are parents. We are in clubs. We have chores to do. We have errands to run. I understand that the weekend is, for most people, their down-time, but why should that keep you from church?

I have had several friends miss church and when asked why they say “Oh, I was tired from last night” or “It is my one day to sleep in.” I have even heard someone so bold as to use the excuse “God said Sunday was a day of rest so we decided to rest.” I do not think that is what God had in mind.

Exodus 20:8-11 says

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labor and do all they work:

But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou,

Nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy

Stranger that is within thy gates:

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on

The seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Hebrews 10:25 says
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

It is important to go to church. To fellowship with people who are like-minded and have the same beliefs as you. It is important to be spiritually fed by the word, by helping hands, by prayers, by associating with people who genuinely love and care about you-your brothers and sisters in Christ.

You have probably heard it said that “we (Christians) are the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

We are called to be like Jesus’ body because:

As his arms, we reach out and help others.

As his hands, we feed the sick and give shelter to the wounded.

As his feet, we walk the path of righteousness and show others the way.

As his mouth, we speak good, wholesome words and lead non-believers to Christ.

In order to strengthen our spirit so we can do as we are called to do, we need to be spiritually fed by God’s Word and by our church to grow in Christ.

So no matter if you are tired, stressed, or whatever else may come up in life, get to church. God only asks you for one day a week and it only takes up a few hours. You can go home and nap or do chores afterward.

Can you truly not afford to give God a few hours of your time?