Flesh and Blood

A while ago, the Holy Spirit convicted me of a way of thinking that I had. A lie that I believed. A simple, predictable, insidious lie. The lie that people are the enemy. With all of the unsettling news that we hear, it can be very easy to begin to think of people as the enemy. Just look at all of the bigotry, terrorism, hostility toward the church, etc. It can seem to us as if we live in a world full of people who are knowingly attempting to ruin our world and our lives. 

But in all this God met me in a quiet moment and whispered, “You only have one enemy.” I realized that these people are not trying to be hateful. They do not wake up in the morning, bent on destruction. They are simply believing the lies of the enemy, namely Satan. It made Ephesians 6:12 very real for me:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We are not to struggle against each other. We are to love one another, despite what hate we may receive in return.
— Ephesians 6:12
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
— Matthew 5:44

 

While those of this world may, at times, set themselves against us as enemies, let us not treat them as such. Let us react supernaturally in love, kindness, grace, and mercy.

Peace,
Shep