Hating the Enemy

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Two masked gunmen forced their way into the offices of a French satirical newspaper in Paris on January 7, 2015, and Hating the Enemymurdered 12 people. The act was supposedly in retaliation for the paper mocking Muhammad, the founder of Islam. Another gunman shot and killed four hostages at a supermarket in southeast Paris, and still another suspect murdered a police officer in southwest Paris. All the gunmen have connections with jihadist groups.

The terror alert has been issued in all of France (threat level 3, “High chance of threat”) and in north central France, a threat level 4 (the highest level, “Definite threat”). Authorities have deployed 10,000 soldiers to strengthen security in the wake of last week’s attacks. Prime Minister Manuel Valls, says, “The threat is still present.”

The Bible condemns hatred and violence. Revenge and retaliation have no place in the Christian heart. Paul states, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:32).

Jesus presses us with an even stronger statement regarding our enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:43, 44).

As we approach the coming of Jesus, the Bible explains, “And there will be signs … and on earth distress of nations, with perplexity … men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:25, 26).

Paul’s list of those who turn from God in the last days almost reads like the daily news. He speaks of people “filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful” (Romans 1:29–31).

Our hearts grieve these innocent victims of the violence. Hatred has never resolved crises. Revenge only perpetuates the cycle of brutality and bloodshed. As our earth spins closer to the final hours before the enemy of our planet, Satan, is forever stopped, we will see an increase of cruelty and hostility.

Let us pray and seek to bring healing to our broken world. Let us never pick up the vengeful weapons of the evil one, but reach out with a love that transforms.


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Click here to learn more about how God’s love transforms.

– See more at: http://www.amazingfacts.org/news-and-features/af-blog/id/1383/hating-the-enemy.aspx#sthash.WyoyL0I5.dpuf

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