Saturday, March 25, 2017
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,- Proverbs 24 : 17.
LISTEN: How should I relate with someone who calls him or herself my enemy? Should I not treat him or her the way an enemy should be treated? But who is an enemy? An enemy is someone who hates another: someone who attacks or tries to harm another. An enemy is one who hates you. One whose interest is to harm or destroy you completely. He or she will always want you out of the way. However, God tells us how we should relate with, or treat such people. The bible says, ” Do not rejoice over your enemy’s calamity.”(Proverbs 24 : 17). God forbid us to celebrate the misery or calamity of our enemy. He want us to leave vengeance completely in his hands.
Maybe you may not be comfortable with this message because you have gone through a lot in the hands of your enemies, and all you can think about now is revenge. My dear, calm down. It is so sad that you went through such torture in the hands of your enemies, however, you should learn to obey the command of the LORD than your own emotion. You should learn to overcome your anger and guard against rejoicing over the downfall of your enemies no matter what.
No matter the level of your pain, always remember how God wants you to relate with your enemies. The bible says, ” Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice.” (Proverbs 24 : 17). God want us to love our enemies and leave vengeance totally in His hands. He knows how to reward the wicked for his or her evil deeds. Love is the nature of God and he want us to demonstrate it towards others, and those we have known as our enemies.
You must not rejoice over your enemies because one of the characteristics of love is to never celebrate evil. ( 1 Corinthians 13 : 4 – 6). Beloved, God wants you to be kindhearted, loving and forgiving. He knows the harm and damage you have incurred by the actions of your enemy or enemies as the case may be, yet He does not want you to be like them – in being heartless, wicked, mischievous, inhumane, mean, callous, merciless, and other ungodly disposition that characterises the wicked.
My dear, you should learn to think, feel and act differently from those who do not know God. (Matthew 5 : 46 – 48). Love the unlovable and those who will not want to see you succeed in life. God knows how to handle them for you. Besides, if you rejoice over your enemy, you will bring curse upon yourself (Proverbs 17 : 5b); and you will move God to abandon your battle against the enemy or enemies as the case may be (Job 31 : 28 – 30). Beware!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Try to think, feel and act differently from those who hurt you.
2. Never rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice.
3. Do not wish evil to anyone no matter what he or she has done to you.
4. When it is in your power to help your enemy, do so and leave vengeance to God.
Daily Task: Be kindhearted, loving and forgiving. God knows the harm and damage you have incurred by the deeds of your enemies; however, determine to live your life to the glory of God.
Daily Reflection: Love does not celebrate evil – heartlessness, wickedness, mischievousness, meanness, callousness, mercilessness and unforgiveness.
Daily prayer: Compassionate Father, I surrender my will to yours today, help me to feel the pains of others no matter who is involved, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, no plan of the wicked will be realised in your life. May God give you a heart of love for others, in Jesus’ name.