My friend, may I ask you a question? While it seems natural to want to crush those who have crushed you, does God leave a place in His Word for us to do that? Or has He has reserved judgement for Him-self and not for us?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
“In a world where we seek only kindness and peace there is, perhaps, nothing more difficult to deal with on a daily basis than those who seek to destroy that peace and blunt that kindness; our enemies. Everyone has them. I have not yet run into an individual who could say that there have never been enemies in their life. Reminds me of the old centenarian who was being interviewed on the day of his 100th birthday. The reporter asked all the right questions. “To what do you attribute your longevity?” “How does it feel to have lived a century?” But then he asked this question: “Did you have any enemies?” The old man’s eyes lit up and he squared his eyes with the camera. “Nope!” He answered with a sureness which surprised the interviewer. “Not a one. I’ve outlived every one of them!”
It is in the nature of living that sooner or later, no matter how hard we try, we will discover a detractor in life. It may be someone who simply has taken a dislike to us for no apparent reason. Or, in our dealings with them, they have perceived somehow an injustice or a slight. Whatever the case, there is no doubt that sooner or later you will have them. And, like that nagging pain in a joint that never seems to go away, you either decide to live with it or complain about it.
During the persecution of the Armenians by the Turks prior to and during the First World War, an Armenian girl and her brother were pursued by a bloodthirsty Turkish soldier. He trapped them at the end of a lane and killed the brother before the sister’s eyes. The sister managed to escape by leaping over the wall and fleeing into the country. Later she became a nurse. One day a wounded soldier was brought into her hospital. She recognized him at once as the soldier who had tried to kill her. His condition was such that the least neglect would have cost him his life. But she gave him the most painstaking and constant care. One day when he was on the road to recovery he recognized her as the girl whose brother he had slain. He said to her, “Why have you done this for me who killed your brother?” She answered, “Because I have a religion which teaches me to forgive my enemies.”(Clarence Macrtney, Macartney’s Illustrations, pg. 128)
While it seems natural to want to crush those who have crushed you, God leaves no place in His Word for us to do that. He has reserved judgement for Himself and not for us. Saul tried to kill David but David responded only with protection and love. In today’s reading, King Saul was intimidated by David in many ways. He was jealous and envious. But is that how God wants us to be? Perhaps there is someone is your life who has grown to dislike you in that way. Perhaps, like David, something you do intimidates them and makes them feel uncomfortable. Although it is natural to strike back or at least avoid them, God is asking much more of you and I. He wants us to embrace our enemies, think well of them and love them. There can be no room in a Christian’s heart for hatred even when it seems fair and just. Our “religion” does not afford us this luxury.
We pray. Heavenly Father, when people dislike us, even hate us, help us to befriend them, offering the love of Jesus Christ as a balm for their emotions. Protect us from those who wish to hurt us and give us hearts that enable us to love even when that love is not returned. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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