ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter E

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell me to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/ Messiah Yeshua. Really?

Enemies, enemies, enemies. They are everywhere. Their purpose is to harm me.

~They are nice to my face while stabbing me in the back.

~They act as friends while tearing me down in front of others.

~They take my love while betraying me with their abuse.

~They make promises of hope only to purposely break them.

God, You say love them?!? How? Better still, why?

My Child,

I have many reasons for My command. Let’s just look at one.

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 by B. L. Wade, available on Amazon

 

 

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