We are seeing a lot of unrest in the nations, there are poor and even evil choices being made across the global board by those in leadership – it seems as if there’s no escaping it. However, even in our anger, sadness or even ‘prophetic decrees’ it’s important to remember that it is not the person who is our enemy.
People are never your enemy because people are made in the image of God. It is the spirit they have allowed to rule them you are witnessing and thereby deciding for or against, drawing boundary lines, etc. The greatest love is when we don’t agree with these individuals but because we know Who paid the price for their eternal freedom, we walk in love toward them. They don’t hate you, they hate Christ in you. Loving our enemies doesn’t mean allowing them to abuse us, and putting our safety at risk as much as it is knowing Jesus paid the price for their lives to receive them as His inheritance. When we adopt this mindset, our approach toward them moves from one of defense to offense as we see them rightly through God’s eyes. The true enemy are the spirits of the world that control them.
““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43-48 ESV
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 ESV