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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

God Talk: While We Were Yet Enemies

I was listening to a compelling interview with Mosab Hassan Yousef when a particular train of thought struck me. Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader,  converted to Christianity and then embarked on a dangerous course to became a double agent for Israel's equivalent of the FBI.  During that time he was determined to see many lives saved.  When Yousef read the New Testament for the first time, the words "Love your enemies..." left a powerful and live-changing impression on him.

How can we love our enemies... how can we pray for those who hate us? How can we like someone who is determined to make our life miserable?
How can we override our natural impulse to retaliate?

The truth is... we can't...
The standards of God are high and holy
Not without an outside influence... not without interference from the Son of God and the internal workings of his Spirit.

He has set the example... "Forgive them father, for they know not what they do..."
"While we were yet sinners... Christ died for us..."
"For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life."

But unless we understand that we were God's enemies, we will never see why grace is so amazing.
And unless we grasp that he has forgiven us of a debt so great that it took his sinless Son to pay... we can never love our enemies.

He has done it all...
So that we can live life to the full... A life which includes loving those who hate us... and for us to love the loveless... one at a time.

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