Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Got Enemies? Imagine ...

Imagine ...

As it often does, my morning meditation today began in Proverbs.

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you." (Proverbs 25: 21-22; Amplified)

Imagine if everyone actually treated their enemy in such a fashion? Imagine if all of us actually treated those difficult people in our lives, those ones we have a hard time appreciating, in such a fashion? I imagine we would soon turn the world on its head to such an extent that even wars would be a thing of the past. Perhaps we could even go so far as at least thinking about dismantling our military forces. After all, why would we need them if we actually treated our enemies as Proverbs 25:21 suggests? Do you imagine I'm taking this too far? Hmm, maybe ...

Jesus said, "But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, To show that you are children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun to rise on the wicked and the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]." (Matthew 5: 44-45; Amplified)

Imagine if everyone who calls themselves a Christian proved it (Jesus said "to show") by the way they loved and prayed for their enemies? Imagine if the church actually obeyed Jesus in this? After all, Jesus also said, "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46; NIV). I imagine that it's probably very difficult, if not outright impossible, to even have an enemy if I actually sincerely and unpretentiously loved and prayed for that person. Imagine if we believed Jesus on this one?

But, alas, man has always chosen to rather do things his own way rather than God's way. Sometimes I imagine we must not think too highly at all of the one we call Lord, based upon the way we so mistreat one another, for whom I might add, Christ also died. Alas, man's inhumanity to man; now there's something worth hating.

Imagine ...

Photo Credit: Dennis Skley, Flickr Creative Commons

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