Thursday, February 01, 2007

Recognizing the enemy

Sometimes it seems that Christians like to fight amongst themselves. Hmmm, not good. I know that we will not be able to agree on everything but........
We must remember that other Christians, even those with whom we disagree sharply, or are having problems with, are not the enemy. Satan is the enemy, and as my Bible reads, he has already been defeated.
Think of those with whom you are having a hard time. Maybe they are criticizing you. Maybe they are just continually antagonistic towards you. They are not really your enemy!
What does this mean to me? This helps me to be slow to take offense. This helps me greatly by telling me how to respond to them. How? As a friend, a sister in Christ. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, overlooking their faults as best I can. Not responding to them in anger. Purposing to not remember their past offenses.
Let's put it this way, even if they were your enemy, how does God expect us to treat our enemy? Interesting.
Do I believe this? Yes. Do I always behave properly? No

6 comments:

Happymama said...

I must confess that I fall terribly short in this area. I don't offend easily, but I do become easily angered. Does that make sense? Anyway, I really need to work on this in my Christian life. Thanks for the post.

~Kristi

Sarah said...

Having been sometimes on the end of criticism for my faith by other Christians I totally agree, it can be quite hurtful coming from fellow brothers and sisters even if it is 'well meant'. None of us get everything right (me especially, lol) but it is a road and we just keep our eyes on Jesus and our ears open to His voice.

I have of course also been wrongly critical of others and it is very naughty. We can't be instrumental in establishing God's Kingdom for Him if we are constantly being mutinous and critical of our fellow brothers and sisters; it is something I need to guard against too.

Hugs for the weekend and always Rhonda.

Rhonda said...

Bless you both!
It seems that if I can keep my shortcomings front-and-center, I'll have a better chance at really working on them!
I am glad we are on the same side!
Rhonda

Sis. Julie said...

This post speaks truth!! It saddens my heart to see so many Christians warring against themselves. The Bible says that we do not war with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers...in other words...SATAN and his HELPERS!! I used to forget this from time to time...but I don't anymore. When we finally realize this truth then we can better deal with situations involving other people.

Michelle said...

LOL!
So this is the same advice that was given me but in regard to MY HUSBAND! It seems that "christians like to fight amongst themselves" and the enemy will try to detroy what God has put together and to good use over mundain things!
Like you this has helped me be "slow to take offense. .. respond to them. as a friend, a sister in Christ. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, overlooking their faults as best I can. Not responding to them in anger.[!!!] Purposing to not remember their past offenses." Yup

Rhonda said...

Hello, Sis Julie, and Michelle!

Yes, I can see how this would be extremely helpful in dealing with a husband!
It also helps in the Blogworld.
In fact, I can't think of one place on earth where it would not be helpful.R
R