Who is your enemy? Maybe you don’t have one. Take a minute to give God thanks for that. But maybe you have one. Either you made someone your enemy or they made you theirs. These are tough seasons. Everything in you wants to fight the enemy OR get even with the enemy OR get others to align with you against the enemy OR compromise your integrity for the enemy.  Several years ago, I had one. I had someone against me, who hurt me. And you bet, my instinct was to do everything I just mentioned above. IT was a tireless, daunting, full-time job to work against my instinct and do as God would do…love them. Jesus said to love your enemies. If that isn’t a seemingly contradiction I don’t know what is! But it doesn’t matter if it’s a contradiction or in opposition to our instinct, God said do it. Because He’s mean? No. Because love always wins. Jesus LOVED his enemies that beat him, whipped him, slapped him, spit on him, nailed him, hung him. AND HE WAS HUMAN with instincts…but He didn’t. There’s an old saying, “keep your friends close & your enemies closer.” But what if we gave it an addendum? Rather, “keep our friends close, our enemies closer…so that they sense God’s love. I’ll close with this rhetorical question: what if we treated our enemies like our friends?

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