ON THE CONTRARY: “IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM; IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM SOMETHING TO DRINK: IN DOING THIS, YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”
Yesterday, a gentleman walked into my office with tears in his eyes. He was accused of leaking some vital information about the illegal operations of their company to the press. Without any evidence, he was suspended pending further investigations. Apparently, someone had reported him to the HR, that this gentleman has a brother- journalist. The conclusion is that, “if his brother is a journalist, then it must be him”.
Everyone has enemies, perceived or real. Both King David and Jesus had enemies. Having enemies is part of life, else Jesus wouldn’t have told his disciples to love their enemies.
“But I say into you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use and persecute you”( Matthew 5:43-44)
A person’s ability to live with a real enemy is the reality of his or Christian life. The truth is, people will hate you for no apparent reason. You do not have to find out why you are hated or explain why you should be loved. You have to fight or run from them. Both are natural responses, the human instinct, intuition and discernment in themselves are preservations. The truth is that, running away from our enemies will mean carrying them along in our hearts. When we fight back, we take the character of our enemies. There will not be any difference between our enemies and us. Change them with your good deeds, prayer and God’s word. It might not be immediate, but God is ever faithful to His word. I have had to stay back many times to fight, but on my knees. Don’t get physical, don’t get emotional and don’t be cynical.
“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (our enemies)
2 Corinthians 10:4
The reality is, Jesus taught us that, God loves and treats them justly.
“God makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”. (Matthew 5:45)
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.