Sunday Huddle

Love Your Enemies by Lisa Bull

As I walked toward her, I kept my eyes locked on her face. I would be ready. IF she chose to look at me this time, I would be ready. Closer. Closer. She was with a friend. But, I knew she saw me.

Surely this time she would acknowledge me. I waited. The minute her eyes caught mine I had my smile ready and my greeting waiting.

Her eyes locked on mine…I smiled…”Hi, How are—“…she rolled her eyes back to her friend and walked on.

Whoomph!

She may as well have punched me in the gut. The air rushed out of my lungs as she passed.

Injured. Again.

Week after week the same thing. I saw her. She saw me. I waited, hoping that would be the day things would change. We’d known each other half our lives, after all. I couldn’t think of anything I had done that would cause her to despise me. But—yet–

“What is wrong with ME?”

“Why am I not likeable?”

“Why does she hate ME?”

“What have I done to her?”

Have you ever been in a situation similar to this?

Here is my prayer for all of you today:

Ephesians 1:17-18 (VOICE)

God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.

Look. It’s time God’s children quit living in their feelings. This is not His desire for us. The Enemy knows that my feelings are vulnerable. He knows that I am driven by emotion. So, where does he attack me? My feelings! Everything becomes about me. When something happens or someone seems upset, I immediately assume I did something or they’re mad at me or they don’t like me.

Am I the only one that deals with this?

1 Corinthians 2:16b (AMP)

But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

We have the mind of Christ! Do you think He walks around worried about people not liking him? Do you think He takes every look or sigh personally? NO! He is confident is Who He is. For He is the Great I Am. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

People! We HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST! Let that soak in for a second.

Stop allowing other people’s issues and problems become your own.

Just. Stop.

Now. If you KNOW you have done something to hurt someone, OF COURSE you need to confess and ask forgiveness. You know, that, right? BUT, if there is nothing you can think of, you have to realize that sometimes people just have “issues”. And, you need to let it be just that—THEIR issues. Don’t borrow other people’s problems! Don’t you have enough of your own?

Stop allowing Satan to mess with your head!

Look what is says in Isaiah:

Isaiah 54:14 (VOICE)

This time, you will be founded and grounded on right thought, speech, and action. And no one will trouble you, abuse or oppress you; you will know no fear and have no worries.

So, what should you do when someone treats you like the lady in my story?

Matthew 5:44-47 (MSG)

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’

I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal?

Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

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