Luke 6:35 NKJV
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Let’s be real, forgiving our enemies is hard, sometimes in our eyes even impossible. This is especially so if our enemy is someone who was once very dear and close to us and then they did us wrong. Something similar to Joseph and his brothers, remember they were ready to kill the young man.
In such instances, we may convince ourselves that we are justified not to love our enemies because of the magnitude of what they did to us.
To not love our enemies is to walk in disobedience to God. Remember Jesus told us that if we love him then we will obey his commandments. His commands are not debatable, we don’t get to choose those we will obey and those we will not obey. If Christ is truly Lord over our life then we will walk in obedience because we trust him and we believe that he has good plans for our lives.
Not loving our enemies and not doing good to them is to walk in unforgiveness because it means we are still holding a grudge against them for one reason or the other. It is said that un-forgiveness and hate corrode the very container that carries them. This then means that not loving our enemies is putting our own lives in jeopardy because we open the door to bitterness which consumes us from the inside out.
Not loving our enemies will also derail us from our destiny. Think about this, what if Joseph had held on to hate and unforgiveness towards his brothers? He would not have embraced and functioned in his destiny saving his family from famine and death ushering them into Egypt where they were incubated to grow into a mighty nation.
Besides, when we forgive and love our enemies doing good to them, the bible says that our heavenly Father will reward us. The bible does not say what the reward will be but it says the reward will be great. That is something I do not want to miss out on.
Who is that enemy that you have considered impossible to forgive and love? What happened between the two of you?
It is said that we are to provide a willing heart and God provides the power to get the job done. Are you ready to provide a willing heart?
Apart from this subject matter, what is another area you struggle with when it comes to walking in obedience to God’s word?