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“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

– Luke 6:35

Today I want to discuss the fourth and last area we can consider regarding our service to others. Remember Jesus’ instruction to love our enemies. Not only loving, but serving your enemies, your competitors, and even your boss has some real practical benefits! Yes, you even have to love your boss. If you’re in business or in sports, don’t badmouth your competitors, this makes you appear weak and petty. 

It may seem unbelievable that Christians are even supposed to love and serve their enemies. One benefit of loving your enemies is that you stop blaming them for your problems. As this happens, your life will change. As you realize it isn’t the fault of your boss, your enemies, your toxic relatives, the government, or current interest rates; you can change today and everything will be different. I wonder how often you realize that judgment blocks your path to a host of opportunities. Cynicism, judgment, and criticism all contribute to this problem. I encourage you to let go of these actions and ask God to help you forgive and love your enemies.  

Friend, in light of all God wants you to achieve from life, the possibilities are endless! Do you want a happier and more fulfilling life? How would it feel if you woke up every day excited? Would you like to have more friends and grow as a person? Are you seeking greater success and a desire to please God with your life? I believe that God is encouraging you to understand that your level of achievement is equal to the impact of your service on the lives of others.

Prayer


Father, help me love and serve my enemies instead of blaming them.

Reflection


What have you observed to be the impact of the service you provide to others?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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