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. 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. 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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