How should a Christian respond to Enemies?

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What should a Christian’s response be to attackers and enemies?

I think the Bible is quite clear on this. It’s such a pity we do not often see these core virtues of our faith displayed in the world out there.

Pray for them:

Mat 5:44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
Mat 5:45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.
Mat 5:46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that.
Mat 5:47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.

Bless them:

Luk 6:27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.
Luk 6:28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

1Pe 3:9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Forgive them, and commit judgment to God:

Luk 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Act 7:60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

1Pe 2:23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

Respond by doing good:

Rom 12:20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Rom 12:21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

 

 

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Posted on 2013/08/24, in Insights / Messages and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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