My Friend The Enemy

So on Sunday morning I preached on loving your enemies. By Sunday afternoon I was yelling at the guy who was being a jerk in the parking lot. I guess I need to go back and listen to my own message.

Jesus didn’t say loving your enemies would be easy. But he did say that if we love them we would be acting as his children. He said, “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High.” (Luke 6:35)

So how do we do it? When the heat turns up, how do we choose between the mean person inside who wants to rip their heads off and the Jesus inside that wants to give them a hug and love them just as they are?

Here are two simple practices that will help you love your enemies:

Pray for the right attitude! In heated or awkward situations I often take a deep breath and say a quick prayer in my heart asking God to give me patience and wisdom. I find that more often than not this simple practice helps me to control my emotions and feelings and allows me to be sensitive to what God would have me to do. Prayer puts me in the right focus for every situation.

Take the position of a servant! You know many of the people problems we have stem from our own ego. We often take the position of “It’s my way or the highway.” But that’s not the way Jesus tells us to respond. He wants us to “do good to them.” If you really want a lesson in friendship go out of your way to do something good for someone who you consider un-friend-able. It will change your life!

The one thing we should remember when applying these practices to our lives is that we were once enemies of God. But he chose to be our friend by taking the form of a servant and coming to earth to die for us so that we could be counted as his friend. Jesus is our greatest example!

Serving Him,

Pastor Zac

3 Responses to “My Friend The Enemy”

  1. I have been lied to and cheated out of $4,000 dollars from a store that sells motorcycles. I had a large sign made and had planned to picket in front of the shop attacking the salesman and manager.

    I listened to a radio pastor this morning that spoke of loving those who have done you a wrong. Then I opened your email and read your message. Now that I have spent another $56 dollars on the sign and plastic to put it in and God has showed me that is not the thing to do.

    Money is Money…God and Jesus is Love. Now is the time for me to show who I am following!!

    I chose to follow Jesus!

    I will pray for those who do me wrong and allow God to handle it.

    God Bless you,

    Larry Cawhorn

  2. Wow Larry! What an amazing testimony of your character! Keep it up and thank you so much for commenting… Very encouraging!

    Thanks,

    Pastor Zac

  3. Great message on Sunday & this post! It is amazing to see what God does when we simply obey him, which isn’t really too difficult (unless we make it) to do. It makes us a better spouse, parent, daughter/son, friend, servant & example to others of what it means to be a Christian. We would be crazy not to want to be a better person in all areas of life!!! I know have to choose to improve in those areas everyday, because everyday has different challenges! But when decision after decision we choose to faithfully follow in Jesus’ footsteps our lives start to become so rich with true happiness & even when others do, do us wrong we have the ability to choose what God says is right & we have the security of knowing he will provide for our needs!

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