From The Art of War Series
“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 sounds counter productive to spend time praying for, loving and blessing our enemies and those who curse, hate, use or persecute us. Why does God require that we spend so much effort praying for our enemies. Because by doing so it releases our desire for revenge and it frees our heart and mind of all bitterness and resentment. Remember that if we regard iniquity in our hearts that God will not hear us. Psalm 66:18
We go a step further after we have prayed for those who hurt us to blessing them and wishing them well. Solomon also instructs us to feed our enemies if they are hungry and give them a drink if they are thirsty. If we do so we shall heap burning coals of shame on their heads and God will reward us. Proverbs 25:21-22
Remember that our weapons of war are not physical ones and our strategies cannot be the same as the world. Love will win the wars that we fight against the kingdom of darkness and what is operating in many people who retaliate against us is grounded in the spiritual realm. Physical weapons will not bring down our enemies and the enemy we fight is not flesh and blood.
The devil wants us to retaliate against those who hurt and abuse us. We win when we can continue to demonstrate love despite being used and abused. Our weapon in this battle is love and we continue to pray and ask God for mercy for those who mistreat us. Once our heart remains pure then God can do his perfect work through us.