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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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 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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Praying God’s Name

May I remember to give You, Abundant in Goodness, the credit for the blessings that You give me so that others will see Your works and glorify You. (God’s name found in Exodus 34:6)

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Praying God’s Name

Open my eyes that I may see camouflaged blessings from unlikely sources. Your name is Declarer of New and Hidden Things. (God’s name found in Isaiah 48:6)

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Blessings

“The grackles are eating all the food,” I thought. At the rising cost of sunflower hearts, I was tempted to take the feeder down until late afternoon. Then I saw a cardinal watching in the nearby tree. Probably waiting until these big blackbirds left.

If I remove the feeder, the grackles won’t eat but neither will the sparrows, finches, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees as well as the cardinals, blue jays and mourning doves.

I have the control of the feeder. I have the control to bless all the birds or none of them.

Perhaps this illustrates what Jesus said in Matthew 5:45 (NKJ) : (Your Father in heaven) makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

In order for God to bestow natural blessings on His children, He must give to all people.

I look at the grackles feeding. It seems as though I am showing them favor. However, it is the smaller songbirds that have my concern. The blackbirds simply reap the blessings meant for others.

Sometimes it looks like my enemies are being blessed at my expense. The promotion that I deserve goes to another. I don’t see the total picture as God sees. Who were the pray-ers behind the one promoted? What were their prayers that God chose to answer them? What did I lack that He kept me in my same position? Did I need additional experience? Did my boss need to observe how I handle disappointment? Did I need to exercise, for myself as well as others, my belief that God truly is in charge?

What about recognition of a job well done going to those in the forefront with total disregard for those of us behind the scenes? Can I demonstrate a servant’s heart and genuinely rejoice with others that a job was well-done? Do I need others’ accolades or is it sufficient that my heavenly Father is pleased with my performance? Can I see that a job well done takes priority instead of who receives the credit? Can I be a good team player or is my value based on being recognized for my contribution? Even Jesus stepped out of the leadership role to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:5 KJ).

How about the deceit and lies that attack my reputation? Even if proven untrue, the words remain as poison on the minds of others. What is the blessing in this situation? Is it God’s way of weeding out the truly caring friends from counterfeits? Is Jesus showing me how He felt when such poison resulted in the crown of thorns, mockery and the ridicule of the title placed above Him? Does knowing how He felt heighten my sensitivity to others?

There are times when situations seem grossly unfair. It is good to remember that my Father is a God of justice and equity (Ps. 98:9 Tanakh).

A lone blackbird returns. Seeds from the square cup are flung to the ground as it searches for choice morsels. The rejected seeds become a blessing for birds too skittish to fly to the feeder. This feast remains hidden in the tall grass until searched for.

May I, in turn, search for camouflaged blessings from unlikely sources.

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