June 4, 2012

Loving your enemies

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." - Philippians 4:8 

It's a natural instinct to hate your enemies. No matter who your enemy is; a bully, a sibling, a teacher, or someone else that bothers you or makes you feel small. Usually the last thing you do is love them. Philippians 4:8 implies that you seek out "whatever is lovely...admirable...excellent or praiseworthy" in your enemy and learn to view your enemy from a loving, positive point of view. Luke 6:31 says to "do to others as you what have them do to you". Think about how YOU would want some to treat you? With love? Compassion? Care? Everyone wants to be treated kindly, so pray that you will have the strength and confidence to  show them that you care about them. If you truthfully don't care about them, then pray and ask God for the strength and compassion to do so. Most likely, if you set a caring, kind example, it will affect your enemy and rub off on her (or him). 

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