Some observations about “enemies” – and a Christ-like response to them

Love your enemeiesYou’ve seen them… Cocky and arrogant as can be.  The self-made person – they don’t need God, they’ll make it on their own, thank you!  They think Christians are weak, dependent creatures – flawed, with a pre-disposed need for “a God.”   Devout Christ followers actually make them angry!  They love to poke fun at them, ridicule them, and they aren’t beyond actually persecuting them, and aren’t  beyond actually persecuting them… They think the world would be better off without them.

I thought of that kind of person today as I read these words from Psalm 52…

“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?  The steadfast love of God endures all the day!

…You love evil more than good and lying more than speaking what is right!

…But God.. [will act one day to vindicate His people!]

The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him saying ‘See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches…!

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God!  I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever!  I will thank you forever because you have done it!  I will wait for Your Name for it is good in the presence of the godly!” (From Psalm 52)

I don’t know about you, but I’ll depend on the truth that Psalm teaches.  It pays to serve and trust the Lord!  The wicked may assert themselves and demean and persecute those who trust in the Lord.  But one day God will act to defend and vindicate His people!  Devoted Christ followers don’t have to retaliate and take vengeance – they are free to respond to those to demean and persecute them with redemptive Christ-like love!  Apostle Paul had it right: “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them! … Beloved, never avenge yourselves but leave it to the wrath of God , for it is written, ‘Vengeance is min, I will repay says the Lord.’  So if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  (Romans 12 14, 19-21)

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