Living with Enemies

Living with Enemies

 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. – John 13:18

friends-enemy-900WIt has happened to all of us at some point in our lives. We had a friend who turned out to be less than a friend. Jesus had twelve close friends during His ministry on earth. They were Andrew, Bartholomew or Nathanael, James the Elder, James the Lesser or Younger, John, Judas, Jude or Thaddeus, Matthew or Levi, Peter or Simon Peter, Philip, Simon the Zealot and Thomas. they all traveled, ate, slept and served thousands of people together.

Out of the twelve was one named Judas. His full name was Judas Iscariot. He hung out with Jesus and was part of what Jesus was doing. Judas betrayed Jesus by accepting some silver in exchange for alerting the temple soldiers who Jesus was by kissing Jesus on His cheek. Now this didn’t take Jesus by surprise because after all, Jesus had been telling people He didn’t know personally about their sins (John 4:1-29) and healing many sick, blind and lame people, so Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him when Judas came into Jesus’ presence. It appears Jesus allowed Judas to hang around so the prophecies of His crucifixion would be fulfilled.

On occasions, there will be someone in our lives who we may know to be someone who is less than a true friend, actually an enemy. But there’s a reason why enemies show up in our lives. Most of the time it’s to bring trials and tribulations to teach us and make us better people (Romans 5:1-5). Not one time did Jesus act any other way than with love toward Judas and everyone else He came into contact with. Without a doubt, Jesus prayed for Judas as He did for the rest of the disciples. Jesus cared for Him too.

If were are indeed Christians, we are like Him with our actions. So. Treating people who aren’t our friends or family with love is the order of these last days (Matthew 5:44). I now it’s difficult, but let God use their despising of you to make you into what He wants you to be so you can spend eternity with Him.

Prayer: Lord I too have experienced people who were in my life and hurt me quite bad. I pray you show the ones who call on your name how to deal with these situations in a holy manner so that others will see we are following a true and living, loving and merciful God. – Amen.

 

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