They pay me evil in exchange for good; …But when they were sick I…humbled myself by fasting. I prayed with my whole heart, as one would for a friend or a brother…  Psalm 35:12-14, 28  There certainly are days when I struggle to hear God’s voice. It is the perfect opportunity for my thoughts to take a serious turn away God’s presence. In times like these I turn to the Psalms. This passage caught my eye because it reminded me of what it means to love enemies in spite of circumstance. As hard as it is on occasion, it is in fact possible and perhaps necessary (at least for me) when I really don’t want to. I understand that I can never really know who all of my enemies are. Of those I do know, I’ll start with letting the one I battle in my head be the first to go, by letting a spirit of praise takes over and unleash God’s Spirit on the rest as as well. And my tongue shall be talking your (God’s) righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Don’t Take It Personal

“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. Luke 18:1-8   Someone once told me that one day all of my enemies will be gone. At the time it was rather difficult to believe. The problem as I saw it was I didn’t know who all were my enemies. If I had to make a list I was fairly certain of who I thought they were but that was only because of the negative experiences I had with these people. What I’ve realized is that by making the judgment of who they were based on my experience alone, I risked placing myself at a disadvantage by attempting to avoid those people. There are countless stories of God using “enemies” for his glory and it was by God’s hand that those enemies were changed. As difficult as it may be the negative experiences we have with others shouldn’t be taken personally because while their actions adversely affect us, in reality their actions are against God as well. Through every joy and hardship we must endeavor to be servants of God, free our mind from those who choose not to by their actions, and persevere as we wait with expectation for God’s justice and not our own. If G0d is for us, there is no experience that will keep Him from granting justice to those who remain faithful.

In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice…  And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  Luke 18:1-8