44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! — Matt.5:44 NLT
Jesus is the difference-maker. Not just the fact that He is the only person ever resurrected to eternal life but in the way we think and live. In every aspect of life, His view was diametrically opposed to the views of the world and of the flesh. The law said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. Jesus said to not only love our enemies but to show that love by praying for them. How often do we fervently pray for our families, friends and neighbors, much less our enemies? But I don’t have any enemies, you say. Even here, Jesus has a different view. If the world and those that hold worldly views are not our enemies, then they are our friends and that makes us an enemy of God. James 4: 4-7 NLT The Holy Spirit that God has placed inside us does not agree with sin in any way. Those around us that would tempt us to disobey God are our Spiritual enemies. If we can’t resist the temptations they offer, they will lead us into destruction, That sounds like an enemy to me. We must pray for them fervently and continuously and for ourselves to have the Spiritual strength to resist the devil, humble ourselves before God and accept His definition of sin and the enemy.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous