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Loving Enemies Behind Closed Doors
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But
I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may
be children of your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:43-
I've loved my enemies in front of their faces, but behind closed doors? Not so much, except for the occasional prayer. The other day I was ranting about my neighbor who had yelled at the boys for no apparent reason. Her child is a known troublemaker, and I asked myself, "What right does she have to discipline my kids when her kid is a brat!?" And yes I said that in front of young, listening ears unfortunately.
The next day Hunter was being rude to this other child with the mom standing next to us. I had to correct Hunter. He looked at me confused as if to say, "What? You were complaining about them yesterday."
Ouch! God has a way of convicting me, especially through my children. Later on, I had to explain to Hunter that I was wrong to bad mouth our neighbor and her child. She is experiencing serious health issues, which I'm sure upset her. I reminded Hunter that we need to pray for her to be healed and come to know Jesus. What we do behind closed doors for our enemies can make a bigger difference than simply being nice to them when they are in our presence.
this week’s sermon
“Your Right Place For God's Grace Pt. 6 Your Place for Prosperity”