Luke 6:27-28 “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
When ridiculed, cursed, or even incarcerated for our faith, our first response is usually retaliation or vengeance. We calm our flesh and then seek justice. But once our flesh is subdued, the Spirit bids us follow Christ’s words to love our enemies.
Not only am I to show mercy, but I am also to give them grace.
Luke 6:35-36 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Trying to follow these specific directives in my own power will ultimately fail at some point. It is at this juncture that my meditation begins.
We tout the axiom, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
We seem to be experts at hating sin and fail miserably at loving like our Heavenly Father commands us. It takes nothing to point out another’s sin in light of the Word of God. Without love, we come across as harsh, critical, and judgmental.
Outside of the church, the lost need to see a love that only God can reveal through us. It is not in our nature to love our enemies. It does not come naturally to give to someone who uses us repeatedly.
Inside the church, we’ve grown too familiar with the world’s ways of freely giving our opinions, criticizing, and gossiping about something or someone we have no business or authority over. All of which engender strife.
Sometimes I think Satan throws a grenade of gossip or criticism into a person’s heart and sits back and watches as we carnally tear each other apart. We proudly justify our stance or take sides to prove who’s right or wrong.
All the while, the world looks on and says, “If this is real Christianity, I want nothing to do with them or their God!”
Shame on us!
We speak of revival in our day and in our churches. If this is to indeed happen, we must get right with each other before we can look to reach a lost and dying world.
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Many will say that we are in the last days. If that is true, then we must take the necessary steps to get right to be a clean vessel in the hands of our Heavenly Father.
We cannot lay at anyone’s feet the process needing to begin. We must not excuse our apathy for the failure of anyone else.
What fruit do we see today in our churches?
So many have closed their doors due to this “pandemic” and “killer virus.”
Are we so lacking in the faith of our sovereign God by whom all things consist?
Are we afraid or filled with doubt?
For some to stay away, it only took the fear of catching a virus to keep them out of their church. Others were challenged by their governments, which mandated that we isolate, shut down, and cease and desist.
There comes a time when we must personally decide who we will obey – God or man.
The fruit of our words and actions is there for all to see. Is there enough fruit in our lives to convict us of being a true follower of Jesus Christ?