HOW TO RELATE WITH ENEMIES
Reading through 2Kings 6:8-23, one will be amazed by the account of how God works. According to the historical account, the Syrian King was warring against Israel. Elisha, the prophet, often reveals the Syrian King’s plan to the king of Israel at that time, even though they were miles apart. When the King of Syria realized what Elisha had done, he sent his soldiers to Dothan to have Elisha arrested. The Soldiers surrounded Elisha’s house, Elisha prayed to God to make them go blind and he led them to Samaria to the palace of the King of Israel. When the King of Israel asked Elisha if he could kill them, Elisha said No rather he should give them food and drink and send them back to their homeland. What a great lesson on how to deal with an enemy!!!
In the New Testament, we have various ideas of how we are to relate to with an enemy. Jesus Christ, being our example and model, has left us a spiritual pattern and principles both in His way of life and teachings, about things we need to do to help us relate with an enemy.
Let us consider a few.
👉 Love your enemy (Matthew 5:44) . This is seen to be a tough thing to do but not impossible. The love Jesus taught us to show an enemy is unconditional love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
👉 Pray for your enemy and bless him or her (Matthew 5:44). Contrary to what we see today within the denominational world where many people pray for shame and destruction for their enemies, the New Testament teaches that we should pray and bless our enemies.
👉 Do not revenge but live peaceably with all men, including your enemy (Romans 12:17-18). We are not to repay evil for evil, we are to live peaceably with all men as much as it is possible. As people who love God we are to be peace lovers and peace makers ( Matthew 5:9)
👉 Leave Vengeance to God (Romans 12:19): God is the ultimate judge of all human actions (2Corinthians 5:10).
👉 Be kind to your enemy (Romans 12:20): showing kindness to one’s enemies is a major way of getting into the conscience of ones perceived enemies. This way we can achieve peace with our enemies.
👉 Forgive your enemy (Luke 23:34): even in death, Jesus Christ was willing and ready to forgive his enemies and those who crucified Him. We, likewise, must do the same, be ready and willing to forgive our enemies.
Finally, it is important to note that to be able to live, relate well with an enemy, we need to be in the right relationship with God. We need to seek God’s forgiveness for our own sins according to His revealed word so that we may be adequately equipped to relate well with an enemy.
To be right with God, we need to hear the gospel message of Christ, believe the gospel, repent from our sins and every act of disobedience, confess faith in Christ and be immersed in water for our sins to be washed away.
An adage in Yoruba says: when one closes ones eyes because of an evil person, one will not know when a good person will pass by. A good way of relating to one’s enemies is key into a good relationship with God and vice versa. God’s way is the only way to live peaceably with all men, even an enemy and those who hate us.
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Scripted by Tiwalade Adedeji, powered by evangelismportal.org