I posted from Lamentations earlier, and I found some comfort in verses 56-66 of Lamentations 3, for in my personal situation I yearned for my enemies to feel pain just as they have caused me unfair pain. I pictured my enemies being struck down or at least smacked around by God. But you know what? Lamentations was pre-grace and if I truly want those that are persecuting me to suffer, than I am no better than them! I need to accept Christ’s grace for me AND for them, and I need to LOVE THEM no matter what! This proves to be much more difficult than to picture them in pain and even embarrassed by their judgments. But, is that Christ-like? So, I believe the Holy Spirit is leading me to see the errors of my view on this and has reminded me how Christ wants me to be. So, I humbly submit the following verses and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me in this attitude.
Matthew 5:38-48 (NIV)
An Eye for an Eye
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.