The King's Gardeners Ministries

Reverend Dr. S. L. Gardner, Washington State,U.S.

Director - Billie Sue Mills, Florida, U.S.

Shofar Watchmen Pointman - Lynne Londsdale, United Kingdom

Praise and Worship Leader - Adrienne Enghouse, Oregon U.S

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Love Your Enemy

Whenever there is a discussion about the ow/om someone always says. “Remember that they are not really your enemy, satan is the true enemy.” This is true, satan is our true enemy and the instigator of what opposes us in our efforts for the Kingdom of God. But that does not change the fact that many of us are up against someone who consistently and even deliberately acts as an enemy toward us. Some of us are not just up against a person who unwittingly became a tool of satan through their emotions, but one who may have willing accepted the assignment to come against our family to steal and destroy.

The definition of an enemy is someone who is hostile to, feels hatred towards, opposes the interest of, or intends injury to someone else. One who comes against another with malicious intent.

I would say that this definition does fit the woman who is with my husband. She comes against me, my family, and yes, even my husband with malicious intent.

But Jesus and scripture never say that we will not have enemies. As a matter of fact, the term enemy is used for them and we are assured that we will have them.

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you, Mt 5:44

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, Luke 6:27

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend
to them without expecting to get anything back.
Then your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the
ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35

If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is
thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on
his head." !2:20

Jesus did not say that there would not be enemies, He said that we are to love them even while they are enemies. What bothers Christians sometimes is that by calling someone an enemy we are implying a mutual hatred of them but this is a misconception. We are merely acknowledging that someone has come against us
with malicious intent. What we are told in scripture is that while we may acknowledge that fact we are not to RETURN that malicious intent.

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil
with good. Rom 12:21

Do not return evil for evil, or insult for
insult; but on the contrary, a blessing, because
of this you were called, that you might inherit
a blessing. 1Peter 3:9

We love our enemies despite their intent towards us. We love them anyway, We love them knowing that they are an enemy. Because that is exactly what Jesus did for us. Through and in sin we were all His enemies though He was not ours. And it was precisely because of that enmity that He came to live among us. It was the enmity of our sins that caused His suffering on the cross and made that suffering necessary.

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?

Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4.

For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Rom 5:10

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. Col 1:21

For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross Of Christ. Philipians 3:18

I think that the reason we have a hard time understanding this is that we think about love as a feeling or sentiment and it is hard for us to imagine that we can can have an enemy that we do not hate or that we can love someone without a corresponding feeling or sentiment. But God’s kind of love is not feeling or sentiment. He loves us because it is necessary. His love is action, it is choice, it is will. In the same way I can look at an enemy and choose love, I can will love, I do love. I can love because it is necessary so that enmity not prevail and they can come to understand the Love that brought them salvation. How I feel, what I feel or even if I feel does not even have to be a factor. Though it may seem that this kind of love would be empty and unsatisfying, I have found, instead, that it is much more profound than relying on the capricious nature of human emotion.

It was at my lowest point, my point of greatest suffering and deepest pain that the Lord spoke to me about the necessity of loving and praying for my enemy. A point where I thought that I could not take a second more and be able to survive. And rightly so because He used my own pain to demonstrate to me what was at stake for not only my enemy but those who as His enemies act in ways that are against Him. It began with a conversation between Him and I

Vickie, would you say that she has tried to steal from you?

Yes, Lord

Has she sought to destroy?

Yes, Lord

Has she tried to kill?

Not physically Lord, but yes, I would say that spiritually she has

Who’s work is it to steal, destroy and kill?

Satan’s work, Lord.

And those who do satan’s work, will they not also meet satan’s fate?

Yes, Lord

Vickie, I am telling you that the pain of loss that you feel right now at being separated from your husband, the desolation that you feel without your earthly love, is like a tear drop in an immense ocean compared to the loss, desolation, and pain of a soul that is separated from Me for eternity. But your pain and your loss is only temporary. You will heal, I will restore you but even if it lasted your whole life, it would only be limited to your life. It will have an end and your eternity will be with me. You have hope, they will have no hope. For them there will be no end and there will be no hope for all eternity.

I imagined my pain, my desolation, the pain and suffering that I had at that point felt was beyond endurance and I magnified it hundreds, thousands, millions, trillions of times and then imagined having the knowledge that it would be relentless and there would never ever be any relief from it. What I imagined was too awful to even contemplate. It was too terrible and I thought “I couldn’t even wish that on my worst enemy” Well, there you go. And I fell to my knees and prayed but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Heb 10:27

To deny that she is my enemy to me seems to be less than the truth. It seems as if I give satan a power somehow. “The devil made me do it” lacks accountability and somehow denies the importance of choice. Yes, I know the loss of control that those in true captivity have, I have lived it for seven years.

But even this captivity is a result of choice and the release from captivity is, sadly, as simple as making another choice. Freedom is offered in each and every moment. There is something more profound, something more loving to pray for a known and acknowledged enemy. It is easy to love one who is not an enemy, it is a much greater act of choice and will to love one who is. So I choose, I will, I do, loving and praying for one who has chosen to come against me with malicious intent, who has chosen to be an enemy to me. But more so because in sin all chose enmity to God.

It is a necessity because the alternative is too terrible to contemplate. To love an enemy is not found in denying their enmity but instead is found in acknowledging it but choosing love anyway

Love Vic, Victory in Christ :)

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