DEVOTIONAL – NOV 11
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
Leslie M. John
David prayed to God to take quick action against Shimei but God had His own plan and David was patient for God to take action against Shimei. David knew that the LORD shall judge people and, therefore, sought God’s judgment on himself according to his righteousness and according to his integrity. He prays that the wickedness of the wicked may come to an end and establish the just (Ref. Psalms 7:8-9)
No matter how gentle and good David was, yet when it came to dealing with his adversary he prayed to God to render justice to him. He was just as any human when it came to crying to the Lord for help. While he prayed for his deliverance from his enemy he did not allow Shiemie to go free from all that he had done to the King. David handed over Sheimie to his son Solomon to do justice according to his wisdom.
When the days of David drew near to his death he spoke to Solomon his son and charged him with few advises. First and foremost was the courage he infused in him and said to him to be strong and show himself as a man. He charged him to walk in the ways of the LORD God and to keep his commandments, his judgments and his testimonies as God gave to the children of Israel through Moses his servant. David did not like to take action against Shimei but left for God to take vengeance. Later while nearing his death he handed over Shimei to Solomon to deal with him according to his wisdom depending on God.
Lord Jesus Christ’s prayer for his enemies was exceedingly great. Speaking on the Mount of Olives while giving his sermon on the mount he said:
”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)
It seems impossible in human terms to forgive enemies and love them instead. However, that is what God demands from a child of God. He desires from the child of God to bless those who curse you, and do good to them that hate you and pray for those who despitefully use you.
Lord Jesus Christ had set a good example and showed that it was possible to forgive enemies and love them. He was fully human while He was on this earth yet He was divine too. He refused to taste vinegar when He was on the cross lest His pain would subside but he bore our sin and felt the pain of the scourge and faced shame of the insults and curses that were hurled at him. He prayed for the salvation of His enemies even though He was mocked at. The people there put on Him crown of thorns yet he did not curse any one nor did He pray to render justice to his enemies; rather he prayed to the Father to forgive them because they knew not what they were doing.
”They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink” (Matthew 27:34)
”When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30)
”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)