A Slap In The Face – Dealing With Enemies

In elementary school I remember bullies who picked on the weaker kid or the kid who was different. Sometimes, they just picked on someone because they could.

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?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “A Slap In The Face – Dealing With Enemies

  1. Colossians 3:13
    “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” When God brings this passage to my mind, it’s hard to hold on to a grudge.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    I love this verse, Pat! Thank you for sharing.

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