Treating Enemies as Friends
I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother. Psalm 35:14
Even though David knew the evil intent of his enemies, he bowed. Even though he knew their actions were to destroy, he used his to build them up. He didn’t allow their ways to become his but he rose to a higher way. Could it be in the absence of their hope David stood in powerfully with his to overcome their unbelief?
All of our actions speak of who we are on the in side the place where no one sees. But each day we are influencing those around us whether we accept it or not. There is an opportunity each day to reach the world with our actions and for David, he went about praying for his enemies to find relief.
What can we do for the pain of others? If we find it difficult to pray for those who persecute us we could have a heart which needs relief. Without a forgiving and caring heart for our enemies, we will find ourselves responding to the world in a very similar fashion as our enemies have chosen. A forgiving heart is an expressive praying heart. We say a lot about who we are by the way we treat those who don’t like us.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you Matthew 5:43-44
Today in the Workplace
Who do you need to pray for today?