Many individuals I meet are on different spiritual journeys and many unfortunately are not on that journey using the Word of God. It makes the journey harder than it should be. Many ask me this very simple question – what does God want me to do? The Word of God has pages filled on what one must do, and some of those things are really hard to do – things I cannot do on my own, I need the Holy Spirit. Here are a few.
To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the supple moves of prayer for that person. – Luke 6:27-28 MSG
Do good. When I find a way I can do something good for one of my worst enemies, I will do it. Not to shame them, but because I am trying to find it in my own evil heart to love them for Jesus’ sake.
Bless. When I think of the person who is slandering me, and saying untrue and nasty things about me, I find ways to work blessing into my thoughts. I speak a blessing out loud. When I am with friends, instead of complaining about my unjust treatment, I go out of my way (actively) to speak well of my enemies. Why? To shame them? No — though it will. But to find it in my own heart to love them.
Pray. I begin to pray for my enemies. Actively. I start to ask God to help them. I ask God to heal the hurts in their lives that are some of the motivators of their evil actions. I ask God to bless them and show mercy to them. Why? To shame them? No, in order to find it in my heart to love them.
I think it is natural to return injury and insult, that is not the walk I signed up for. I want to live by Christ-honouring and Spirit-empowered alternatives.
There may not be a duty list, but there is a list of things to do that is not my duty. It is not my duty to be and do these things, yet, as a follower of Jesus I will do them. If anything, it is the Lord’s honour that is at stake in my life and not my own honour.
I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. – Luke 6:35-36 MSG
Father, I pray that the fruit of the Holy Spirit would be present in my life to be able to do all these things that You would like me to do and to be. I cannot do any of these things without having a relationship with You and engaging in You and You in me.