Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 26 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day seven with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the power of your enemies.
Free From Enemies
“He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me, who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.”
2 Samuel 22:48-49 (NIV)
Who are your enemies? What makes them enemies? Is it possible to live free from enemies even when they still exist? How? How does understanding the teaching of God’s Word about our real enemy help you deal with people who act like your enemy? Does the way you treat enemies say more about you, or them? What does God’s Word say about how we ought to treat enemies? How would doing that help you to live free from their influence and/or control?
It seems impossible to go through life without making enemies, or at least encountering people who act like they are your enemy. When we learn by gazing into God’s Word that we need to love our enemies, we are able to find ourselves free from their influence. Being able to see the real enemy for who he is, helps us treat the people who act like enemies the way God wants us to. As you pray, ask God to help you understand how to live free from enemies as you love them as God desires. Pray that you would see beyond the actions of people to recognize who the real enemy is. Pray for the peace to feast at God’s table in the presence of your enemies.