Hour of Power New Zealand

Don’t Worry About Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

– Matthew 5:43,44

Yesterday, we talked about how we tend to worry about honor and whether or not we get the credit for our accomplishments. Today, we are going to discuss a third thing that we often fret about — our enemies.

What exactly is an enemy? The formal definition is a person who is actively opposed to or hostile to someone or something. In our daily lives, our enemies are those who take a stand against us (or something that we stand for) in a way that is controlling, abusive or unpleasant. When we are insulted by a person at work, or someone in our family takes issue with something that we say or do, we often put that person in the category of enemy, at least until resolution occurs. Many of us ruminate on unpleasant episodes and people, replaying interactions over and over again in our minds, even to the point of losing sleep. We think about comebacks and what we might have said to the person who hurt us to “get even.” However, I urge you today to let go of the obsession with the wrong and lift your eyes to the One who makes everything right.

Friend, when you are tempted to worry about your enemies and you find yourself dealing with feelings of anger, shame, and revenge, I encourage you to seek the wisdom of Scripture. Hold onto the promises of God and allow Him to take care of the one who has harmed you. You are His child and He loves you; He will bring restoration and healing because He causes all things to work together for your good. Seek the Kingdom of Heaven first in every area of your life and you will be free from the need to worry about your enemies. In fact, He will give you the grace to pray for those who have wronged you and to show them love. Since Jesus is fighting for you, the battle will always be won! Isn’t that amazing news?

Prayer


Thank you, Jesus, for teaching me not to fret about my enemies. I trust you to fight for me and I commit to seeking your truth when I am tempted to take revenge.

Reflection


How do you typically respond when someone wrongs you? Do you let Jesus fight your battles?

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