I don’t believe I’m good enough to even have enemies. I try to do my own thing and if I wrong someone, I usually don’t have bad intentions and it’s done unknowingly. Are there really folks out there that dislike me?  I can’t help but wonder why. Acknowledging that there are some out there in the world that do not wish me well, I cringe at the thought of giving these people, enemies, I guess, a place in my blog post title. Why do I even have to mention them, Lord? They shouldn’t be allowed any of my energy. Nevertheless this is the title that He gave me and that’s what it shall be. To me, enemy is a very strong word, but if you need to see that word, God has it here for you.

Just to be clear, I looked up the definition of the word “enemy” and honestly, I think we may all have them. Those that are actively opposed or hostile towardsus. Enemies can be anywhere. Perhaps, in our own homes, on our jobs, attending our churches. I woke up a few mornings ago with a heaviness on my heart to pray FOR those that would like me harmed. No matter how much they irritate me, I just can’t wish the worst for them. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what any one does to us. We are only responsible for our own selves. How are you reacting to the situations you are in? As I prayed, I asked the Lord to protect them and that they may see His love. Sincerely, I thanked God for their families being blessed. I prayed that they would be encamped by the protection of Christ over their souls. My love may not be strong enough for them and that is okay. God’s Love surely is.

Romans 12:14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

As I prayed for my enemies, I also prayed for me. By no means am I perfect in any situation. I see my faults and it is my desire that my heart stays pure at all times. I don’t even know why I am hated (another very strong word,) but hate and misery is contagious and I don’t want that for me. Focusing on the adversary will have you angry, too and you won’t know why you’re upset. How does it hurt anybody else when I dislike them? I am only hurting myself by continuing to be consumed by the thought of them. The people that I hate lose no sleep at the thought of me. Are you suffering from hatred of others? Do you hate yourself? Let that sink in.

I choose to practice LOVE.

A while back, I spoke with a woman that I respect very much. I complained about the Lord compelling me to pray for a friend that had hurt me so badly. It was my belief that this old friend didn’t even deserve my prayers. The well respected lady told me, “that’s okay, you go ahead and pray. Somebody had to pray for YOU when you didn’t deserve it.” Whew, LAWD! That hit me hard. She was so right, I could only agree with her. When I think about it, I wonder how I could be so selfish with God to believe someone else doesn’t deserve Him. I’m not the only one who needs Him. God is so big and is never stretched thin. Needless to say, when I think about all the evil that has been done to me, I can only be thankful. Thankful that God had somebody praying for me that I could get through my low points so that I am open and available to the people that need it from me the most…my enemies. Who knows who else is praying for them?

Your enemies need you?…Yep! They wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for you. Do you remember my post titled “Confirmation through Opposition? There must be a reason you’re up against resistance. If no one had broken into my house, I may still be holding on to my past and not working toward what God has for me ultimately. That’s another thing that I will discuss with you guys later. Ask yourself why this opposing force is hitting you and then get on your knees and get to talking to God. Let Him know that you appreciate Him for choosing this course for your journey. Thank Him for your enemies and all the conflict that is going to DRIVE you to your purpose ans into your destiny. Thank God for your PURPOSE.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

While you are preparing to pray, please don’t allow hatred to fester. It’s not good for your health. In your prayers, be very specific on what you need and watch the hatred dissipate. Your purpose is bigger than the small stuff that you are worrying over. If you hate someone, again, ask yourself why. Did they offend you in some way? Be hurt by what was done to you, brush it off and keep living. If there is any revenge that is due, let the Lord handle it. He can do a better job at that anyway. Make a conscious effort to love those that vex you, no matter what they do. Love never fails, but hatred will only get you a headache.

 

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