Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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Our Enemies

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).

In this verse the Lord was preparing His disciples to expect no better treatment than He Himself had received from an unbelieving world. If they had hated Him, they would hate His followers. If we as believers expect to be loved by the world, we are sadly mistaken. The Lord went on to say,

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19).

So we might well ask ourselves, What is our reaction to be regarding those who hate us? Here is some instruction from the Lord:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest” (Luke 6:35).

Just as He loves them and desires their salvation and blessing, so should we.

 

             
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