By Daniel Goddard
Our enemies are as important to our destinies as our friends are. They are the instruments in God’s hands that reveal the true state of our hearts. They are also a powerful force that Father uses to build our character.
Jesus Himself needed enemies to tempt, persecute, flatter and reject Him; this deep testing of His heart revealed His flawless character as the perfect Son of God.
Without enemies, Jesus would have had no one to nail Him to the cross, and the door to return to our Father would have remained closed. That is why Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)
** They did not see that God had a purpose in allowing their evil actions that would bring forth eternal life and ultimate victory out of death.
** The very people who seek to defeat and destroy us will ultimately accelerate our maturity and the fulfillment of our destiny; (if we respond to them with the heart of God!)
(Luke 6:27-34)- This does not mean that we voluntarily submit to abuse of any kind. No! We cannot love others until we truly love and respect ourselves!
Question- Why would Jesus tell us to bless our enemies?
1- Before salvation, you and I were enemies of God.
(Romans 5:10-11) (Colossians 1:21-22).
2- Our enemies are also created in the image of God and loved by God. (John 3:16-17)
3- Jesus died for our enemies as well as our friends.
(2nd Corinthians 5:14-21)
4- Our enemies mold our character and reveal our hearts.
5- Jesus’ enemies proved that He was the Son of God.
(Hebrews 4:15) (Hebrews 5:8-9) (Mark 15:37-39)
6- Enemies can become friends. (Matthew 27:38-44)
7- Blessing those who curse us, reveals Fathers heart to this broken world. (Luke 6:35-36)
** We can choose our friends, but God chooses those whom He allows to be our enemies.
** The way we respond to our enemies, will ultimately determine wither or not we fulfill our destinies.
But God intended it for good!
** David needed Saul in order to fulfill his destiny! (2nd Samuel 1:11-12, 17-21)
** Joseph needed betrayal by his brothers, imprisonment, and exile in order to fulfill his destiny!
(Genesis 45:4-8) (50: 19-21)
Prayer to forgive and bless our enemies!