People can make us absolutely crazy, tick us off and really frustrate us. God knows that. And I’m pretty sure I do all of the above to other people and to God–waaaaay too often!
What does God do? God loves me and forgives me. God loves and forgives you.
What are we to do? God calls His children to follow His example to love our enemies and actively pray for them–not against them–so that they too may know the love and mercy of our God that cost Jesus His life.
You have heard it said, ‘Love you neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44
Personal Reflections from Sylane: Our God is a God of No-Loop-Holes! Jesus means what He says. His “But I tell you…”–isn’t directed at the teachings of the LORD that was given to His prophets and historians through the writings within the Old Testament. When Jesus said, “But I tell you” it was to correct some of the teachings that had been given to the people, even from some very wise rabbinical scholars.
Jesus wanted to align the people’s understanding and practice of LOVE more fully to the heart and truth of the Living God and to His Holy Word.
God hates sin…and will judge and destroy all who remain in their sin–and live as enemies of God. Well, guess what! That’s a position that we all had at one time–as an enemy of God:
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in you minds because of your evil behavior. But now God has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation…”–Colossians 1:21-22
Our Holy, Righteous God loves us so much! So much so that Jesus endured a horrific and humiliating death for the love–the forgiveness and the reconciliation–of His enemies! That would be us.
And while suffering the fate of his persecution and dying on the cross, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive them…”–Luke 23:34
And, our God of No-Loop-Holes, asks us to do for our enemies what God has already done for His: Love them. Pray for them.
So let’s get busy loving and praying!
May God’s reconciling love be multiplied in and through each one of us–and in and through our current enemies so that they, too, will very soon be our precious brothers and sisters through our God of No-Loop-Holes!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane