It used to make me so angry. Sometimes I was the victim. Other times someone else was the victim. It didn’t matter who, I wanted to deck that bully in the chops.
I’m grown up now, but I still want to deck that bully in the chops sometimes. After all, they deserve it right?
Yes. They do deserve it sometimes, but God has something totally different to say about it. He says to love our enemies and pray for those who do us wrong.
That takes a lot of getting used to. I don’t always get it right. But I’m learning that God prospers me when I follow His wisdom instead of mine.
“But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.”
Matthew 5:39 (NIV)
Wait a minute. I understand that I shouldn’t deck a bully in the chops. Don’t like it, but I understand it. Now, I have to turn the other cheek so he can hit me again?
The thing is that God says don’t avoid them, don’t run away, but show them His Grace. I think it is simply an example of God’s grace…God offers us his love and forgiveness as a gift, we don’t have to earn it or deserve it.
Ouch. So much for decking your enemy, getting even, or even trying to avoid them at all costs(although this isn’t always bad). We are to be God’s example of grace on earth.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
What other verses can you think of that tell us about how we should treat our enemies?