Love Your Enemies – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. I use them to bless you.

Fear gripped the heart of Balak, king of Moab, when the Israelites camped next to his country. They were too numerous for his people to defeat. He believed that pronouncing a curse on the foreigners would enable him to drive them out of the land and insure Moab’s safety.

The well-known heathen soothsayer, Balaam,was called to do such a service. However, in My usual creative way – a talking donkey -, I captured Balaam’s attention. I informed him that he would only speak My words. Even though he told this to the king, Balak insisted that Balaam make his pronouncement.

Three times My people received blessings, not curses. I used enemies to emphasize My protection (Numbers 22-24).

Consider the Jordan River. If flowing in a straight line, it would cover about 65 miles. But I created it with a winding course. That allows the river to water two times more land.

Similarly, I use enemies to throw curve balls in your life so My blessings can cover more territory.

Love,

Controller of Enemies (Proverbs 16:7 implied)                       Excerpt from Forgiveness, God Style

 

 

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Published in: on December 29, 2012 at 3:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Love Your Enemies – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. I use them to accomplish My purpose.

The Red Sea stood as an enemy for Israel. Pharaoh’s army, another enemy, was in hot pursuit. Crossing the sea was unsafe. Divine intervention was needed. I parted the waters, the Israelites crossed in safety on dry ground (Exodus 14:22), and their enemy who followed them was destroyed when I released the waters again (Exodus 15:5).

In the midst of their uncertainty and frustration, I parted the waters to reveal the path that would move them to the other side.

Not getting the job you wanted, or the home you thought would be ideal or spending the rest of your life with your spouse are enemies. All are part of living. Sometimes I use them as a dam to reveal characteristics that need changing – your impatience, your not seeking My best for you, and taking for granted My blessings.

My actions could seem like punishment. You could respond with jealousy for the one promoted ahead of you, depression for living in a lesser-valued home, or anger for having changes in your life-style.

View your enemies – both people and situations – as My tools. See them as opportunities to seek My answers for your troubles. Then I can turn what seems to be punishment into blessings, and you receive the benefits.

Love,

God Who Holds in His Hand all Your Ways (Daniel 5:23)

Excerpt from Forgiveness, God-Style

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Love Your Enemy – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemy. It might even be you!

Sometimes people overlook what I say. For example, when I summed up the Ten Commandments into two. The first command to “Love Me with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” means to love Me completely. Love Me in every possible aspect (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:39). Love Me in your innermost being, emotions, thoughts, efforts and energy. Love Me with utmost sincerity. In other words, love me in the same way and extent that I love you (1 John 4:19).

The phrase connecting the two commands is most important but often neglected. “The second is like it.” The love to be expressed in the second command must carry the same intensity and honesty as the first command.

The second command is, “Love your neighbor (friend or enemy) as yourself.” The phrase ‘as yourself’ is usually ignored. This explains how you love your neighbor. The degree of love you show for yourself will be the same extent of love you can offer others. If there is a deficiency in loving yourself, that carries over in the love you are able to show others and sometimes even Me.

You are to love yourself in the very same way that I love you. Child, self-love is not ‘conceit.’ It simply means that you desire to be the best individual possible in all areas of life. That is how I love you. When you speak or think negatively about yourself or your situation, you become your own enemy. Don’t do that. Put yourself in My hands. Follow My paths. Look for My point of view. Then you will find a good friend in yourself.

Love,

Your (best) Friend                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (John 15:15)                                                      Excerpt from Forgiveness, God-Style

Love Your Enemies – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. They were created in My image.

When you look at a painting and praise it, your accolades are really directed toward the one responsible for the picture – the painter. When you see a beautifully landscaped yard where the height and colors of various plants complement one another, your admiration is directed to the one who made the selections – the gardener.

The same is true about how you view your enemies. It becomes an indictment on the one ultimately responsible for that life – Me!

You are instructed to love for a good reason. To be indifferent is very hard. So, if you do not love, you put yourself in the position to ‘hate’. Those who ‘hate’ are murderers (1 John 3:15). You murder a reputation, a relationship, a future, ambitions and hopes. Hate affects three ways: the one who hates, the receiver of that attitude and those aware of the situation.

Please understand. To love doesn’t mean to like. They are different. Love people; dislike their actions. Hate evil; cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). In other words, look for the good in your enemies. You may be surprised by what you find.

Word of caution. When you believe hatred has been directed toward you, take note. Constructive criticism is judgment meant to bring about positive results. When criticized, pick apart the comments. Bring them to Me. Together we will analyze them to see if there is any truth. If not, toss the words over your shoulder and move on. If there is truth in the criticism, make it a learning experience to improve yourself. Truth should never be treated as a stumbling block. It is a stepping stone to betterment.

Love,

Creator (Genesis 1:1)                                                                                       Excerpt from Forgiveness, God-Style

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Love Your Enemies-A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. You imitate My heart.

People delight when their children resemble them in looks and in actions. Children are a reflection of their parents.

I am your heavenly Father. I want you to be a true reflection of Me, not in looks but in your desires and deeds. The work I do, you do. The attitudes I display, you display. When people look at you, I want them to see Me. What delights Me should delight you. Act with kindness, justice, impartiality and righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24).

I am patient. I want everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9). I want them to see My love demonstrated through you. Love will draw them to receive My salvation. But if you don’t reflect the love I have shown you, how then can others understand My feelings toward them?

I send my blessings on both – friend and enemy (Matthew 5:45).

Don’t be like the brother of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). He never understood his father’s heart. He never accepted the father’s love shown for the wayward brother. He never respected his father’s feelings of happiness when his love and patience were finally rewarded.

Love your enemies, My child. Someday you may find out they are your siblings when they return to Me.

Love,

Father of All                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Malachi 2:10)

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Love Your Enemies – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. They teach you about yourself.

Remember your piano teacher? He was constantly telling you to, “Feel your music. Feel what you are playing.” Technically you executed the notes flawlessly but without the excitement that stirred the emotions.

Finally, there was breakthrough. The music you played came alive. It came from your heart, not just your head.

Because of this experience, you are aware of how others play. You have something in common. Your evaluation of their talent and ability as a pianist is based on what is found in you.

Your selection of friends reflects your values. What you esteem in them is common in you.

The same is true of your enemies. I told you in My word that what you condemn in others is also found in you (Romans 2:1). That is your common ground.

When the thought to criticize someone first comes, check yourself. If that offense is found in you, repent. If you have already dealt with that offense, you are aware of what your enemy is feeling. That puts you in a position to specifically pray for them, because you understand.

That kind of attitude pleases Me.

Love,

Giver of a Wise and Understanding Heart                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (1 Kings 3:12)

Excerpt from Forgiveness, God-Style

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Love Your Enemies – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. It’s My command.

I have many reasons for telling you to love those who hate you. Not many take the time to understand My motives. You did. You took my words about turning the other cheek when your enemy hits you (Matthew 5:39).

Remember how you stood in front of the mirror? You looked at yourself as if you were looking at an enemy. You slapped your right cheek causing your face to turn away from your reflection.

Following my instruction, you turned from the left to the right – 180 degrees. In so doing, you once again saw your ‘enemy’ in the mirror. However, I did not want you to stop there. That is why I said, “Turn the other cheek.”

I also instructed you to pray, “Lead me not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13). If you did not turn the other cheek to your enemy, you would have been face-to-face with your attacker. You might have been tempted to strike back physically, speak hateful words, or entertain retaliatory thoughts.

Turning the other cheek allowed you to look past your enemy to see Me. I send common blessings, like sun and rain, on everyone. It pleases Me when you respect My love for all people.

Love,

Director of (Your) Way

(1 Thessalonians 3:11)

 

 

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Love Your Enemies-A letter from God *

Dear Child,

Love your enemies. I want them to be My children, too.

You enjoy an intimate relationship with Me. Your enemies are witnesses to the blessings I give you. They see that you do not walk in fear.

Displaying an attitude of love and good works toward them act as a magnet. It causes them to desire a similar life-style. This puts them in a position to seek and receive My forgiveness. That will lead to their salvation, and My family will increase.

This pleases Me. Remember, you were never meant to live for yourself.

Love,

LORD God Who Loves and Befriends the Stranger

(Deuteronomy 10:18)

*Excerpt from Forgiveness, God-Style

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Love Your Enemy – A Letter from God

Dear Child,

Love your enemy. It is a healthy attitude.

A person once said, “I destroy my enemies by making them my friends.” The wisdom behind this statement is not so much about forming new relationships. It is about a healthy mind set.

Look at your enemies in a different light. Look for similarities in your background, value system, ethics and vulnerability. Those could be keys to explain what motivates them.

Look for and assess positive characteristics. It could minimize your hurts caused by their actions. Analyze their point of view. This will give you more realistic expectations. Look at their negative behavior. That will validate the boundaries you set.

I told you in My Word that if your enemy is hungry or thirsty, give him food and water (Proverbs 25:21,22). This causes two positive results. Your kindness puts you in a position for My blessing. It also disarms your enemy.

Love,

Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Excerpt from Forgiveness God Style

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