“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him” Proverbs 24:17-18a NKJV
Read these verses over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
This morning the whisper is a hard one to put into action, “connect with even your enemy.” It is hard because it goes far beyond just being respectful to those we don’t like, it is actually trying to form a relationship with them. Our verse today is a message to put our pride aside or God will correct us. When our enemies fall it is not our job to celebrate their misfortune. As Christians we need to show compassion for them.
This is not a message of defeat but a message of misfortune. It isn’t about battle but everyday relationships. There is no better way to win over an enemy than to connect with them when their down. To show compassion, to share in their struggle. They will expect us to gloat over their problems. They will think that we will use this opportunity to kick them while they are down. Think about what a testament it would be if we do the opposite. We pick them up. We cry with them.
Evil is dangerous but if we fight evil with evil, evil wins. The point of our very existence is to serve God. We serve God not when we take a life but when we save a life. We serve God when we shine the light of Jesus in the darkness. We serve God when we mirror His love, His grace, His mercy. Hate is not a trait of a servant of God, love is.
I am convicted. I can’t say that I love everyone. There are some who seem to always find ways to sabotage things that I am doing. They do it behind my back. It is hard to look them in the eye, let alone smile at them, when I see them. When we start to think bad things about them we need to stop and pray. Pray for them. Pray that we can see past the hurt and see them as God sees them. God will reveal to us how we are to treat them. He will take care of the judgement, that is not our place. We are to love them. Pray for blessings for them. Pray for them to know God’s love and then be prepared to be the one who shows God’s love to them.
If you want to change the world, you must first change your world, which starts at home. Change your attitude and those around you will change. Connect with others, including your enemies, and the world will change. Be the best servant of God that you can be, and the world will change. Mother Theresa of Calcutta is known to say It’s not about doing great things but doing small things with great love.