Matthew 5:43-44, “You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love they neighbor, and hate thine enemy; But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless than that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you”
1 John 4:19, “We love Him because He first loved us”
Two motorcyclists in a truck stop restaurant tried to irritate a driver who was sitting alone. When one of them dumped the trucker’s food on the floor, the man quietly got up and left. The tough remarked to the waitress, “He sure isn’t much of a man.” She paused as she looked out the window. “He isn’t much of a driver either,” she replied. “He just ran his big rig over two motorcycles on his way out.”
I laughed when I heard that story and inwardly liked the truck driver’s way of getting even. Although the story is probably fictitious, in real life that’s not how I or you as a Christian should feel. The trucker followed the principle, “Be good to people who are good to you and get even with those who wrong you.” That’s man’s way. However, God’s way is radically different. If that fictitious truck driver were a Christian, he might have offered to buy a meal for the two men and would have determined to start praying for them. If you don’t agree? Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:44.
I know that I’ve ruined a funny story. But I hope I’ve made this point: God’s way of dealing with an enemy is completely contrary to the slogan, “I don’t get mad. I get even.” And my beloved, I pray that we who have put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ will also choose God’s way rather than man’s way.
The best way to conquer an enemy is by the strategy of love. Remember that no one is beyond the reach of God’s Great and Eternal Love.
Further thoughts on God’s love:
Jeremiah 31:3 tell us “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” God’s love for us is so deep that we have a very hard time comprehending it. It reaches down to us through the darkness of this sinful world, even though we are hopelessly undeserving. The Bible says that before God created our planet, He had decided to display the depth of His love for us through His Son’s death on the cross (1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8).
Consider what God’s Word says in Romans 8 about our security and significance. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). However, later we are told that nothing can separate the believer “from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39). These verses indeed show how much God truly values and loves us!
My beloved, even the best of human love is insufficient to give us the security and significance we need. Why? One reason is that man’s life is fleeting. People grow old and die, and love eventually comes to an end. Another reason is that in personal relationships, we know that people are deceitful, sinful and unfaithful.
We need the eternal love of God, who is love. He views each of us as priceless. And the gospel reveals that we have such love in the Person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. His love will never let us go. Because of God’s love, the Son came to earth and was slain.
On Calvary He died to pay the penalty for our sins. In John 3:16 we read, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” O, how great is God’s love for us!
Our greatest security is found in the eternal Love of the Eternal God.