WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
Proverbs 25:21 (NLT2)
SERVING MY ENEMIES
When Jesus was offered a sponge with vinegar by His enemies, it wasn’t because they felt remorse. The soldiers gave it to those dying on the cross to help keep them quiet. When we serve our enemies with a kind heart, we show them the love of Jesus. Serving your enemies not only protects your heart from bitterness, but it also has the potential to win them to the Lord.
After Jim Elliot and four other missionaries were killed by Huaorani tribesmen in 1956, no one expected what happened next. Jim’s wife, Elisabeth, their young daughter, and another missionary’s sister willingly chose to make their home among the very people who killed their loved ones. They spent several years living in the Huaorani community, learning their language, and translating the Bible for them. These women’s testimony of forgiveness and kindness convinced the Huaorani of God’s love for them, and many received Jesus as their Savior.
In your life, who do you most want to avoid during your week? The person who came to mind is the one you most need to serve by showing the kindness of Jesus today. How did Jesus live out the command to love one’s enemies? Who would you consider your enemy today? Those who overlook or mistreat you? Those who cut you off in traffic? What will you do today to show God’s love to those who you would deem an “enemy?”
While we were enemies of God, He sent Jesus to rescue us. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT2). Give praise to God for His amazing act of love towards you amid your sin.