The Challenge To Make A Difference

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The Challenge To Make A Difference

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

 

44 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, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:44-45 NKJV).


In His teaching, Jesus does the opposite of what the world is teaching. The statement that follows "but" in verse 44 does the opposite of what is taught in verse 43, "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." These are the Words of Jesus Christ! If we see the things of God through our eyes and try to interpret the way we see the things of God our way, we will twist everything we see, we will twist the truth to fit our needs. The only thing that enables us to see the things of God is if we see His things through His eyes and let the Bible interpret the Bible.

 

Jesus values the Freedom so much and He came to set us free. Jesus knows exactly if we hate our enemy, we become the prisoner of hate and be bound by hatred. Our eyes are on hate, hate becomes our master that tells us what to do and hate creates fear and fear paralyzes us from moving forward-we are doomed to fail. Seeing verse 44 from the eyes of Jesus gives us an understanding that Jesus wants us to be free from any kind of bondage and for this reason He came to set the captives free. The problem that keeps us from being free today is not because we do not know the truth, and not because we do not know what to do, we do not do what we know.

 

John 8:32 (NKJV) says, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Verse 44 is Jesus' Word consisting of truth. The verb "know" in Greek is ginṓskō (1097), which gives the understanding of experientially know (knowledge + action). In other words applying of verse 44 in real life will set us free from anger, bitterness, revenge. When we are free from hatred, we have no desire to exercise our right to get even on those who hurt us the most; this gives us the opportunity to grow. The true revenge is to love those who hurt us the most.

 

The enemy that tries to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10) will lose the battle if we choose to love by forgiving those who have wronged us the most. Choosing to forgive through love means we do not give the enemy any room to grow, we do not feed his need, we do not let him tell us to do his will, which if we do will destroy our freedom. "Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you (Galatians 5:1 MSG)." Doing what the enemy wants us to do, which is revenge, will cause us to become his slave-we put ourselves back under his authority by choice. Is it really what we want to do?

 

"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". Jesus gives us the solution which is beneficial for us and freedom to be set free is guaranteed if we choose to do what He says. Amen!

 

Rev. Dr. Harry Lee

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org