I say, “love your enemies. Do good to them that hate you.”

 Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today. – 1 Samuel 24:19

Saul grew more and more hateful toward David, and his pursuit of David became relentless. He really wanted this man dead! The only time Saul relented from pursuing David was when he found out that the Philistines had invaded Israel again. Then one day as Saul was in a cave taking care of business while on the hunt for David, David happened to be in the back of the cave and snuck up on Saul to cut off a piece of his garment. When Saul was about to leave, David confronted him with the piece of cloth and told him that he could have killed Saul but didn’t. Saul responded by saying that David was a better man than he because who lets their enemy go when they are in their hands?

Although the bible teaches us that the weapons of our warfare are not of this world and are for the pulling down of strongholds and fighting spiritual wickedness and that we don’t wrestle with people, people certainly do become our enemies at times. They do so especially when they are sons and daughters of satan or are acting on his behalf even when they don’t know they are.

Jesus taught us to love our enemies and to do good them hate us, revile us, and speak all manner of evil against us. He said that we’d heard an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, but that was the old way under the old covenant. We’d learn under the new covenant through Jesus and his apostles to do the opposite – to love our neighbor as ourselves. Who is our neighbor? Everyone around us whether they are friend or foe!

So if people begin to attack you in word or deed or libel or slander you, or even try to set you up for failure, LOVE THEM! Even though it may be within your physical power to exact revenge upon them, DON’T! Paul reminded us that it is God’s perspective to exact vengeance because vengeance is his and he will repay. If someone has wronged you, then love them and forgive them, in order that your sins may be forgiven. Remember that love conquers a multitude of sin. If you take revenge, then the only reward you’ll have is the self-gratification of the moment. Don’t take the bait of satan through an offense. Release the person in and through love and allow God to pay back for the wrong done to you, for your reward in heaven will be great, according to Jesus.

Father, anyone and everyone who has wronged me has been forgiven by me. I hold nothing against anyone. Whatever people may have thought, done, or said against me, I release them into your hands. I love them even as I love myself. I release grace upon them and show them the love of Jesus. May my heart show great compassion to all. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.