“We love each other as a result of His loving us first.” 1 John 4:19
Many know God’s command to love our enemies. Dr. Joon Gon Kim was faced with actually doing it.
One quiet evening the communists invaded his village in North Korea, killing everyone---including his wife and father. Dr. Kim himself was beaten severely and left for dead. When he returned to consciousness, he took his surviving daughter in his arms and fled to the mountains, where the two of them barely survived. Over the next few weeks he kept thinking about Jesus, who like Dr. Kim, had been beaten and tortured. However, unlike his own experience, Jesus was not bitter. He had even asked God to forgive His tormentors. As Dr. Kim reflected on those facts, his heart filled with the peace and the love of Christ. God gave Dr. Kim a strong desire to return to the village and tell the communist chief who had led the guerrilla attack that he loved him---but more important, Christ loved him.
Loving his enemy was no longer theoretical. When Dr. Kim walked through the communist leader's door, the chief was dumbfounded! They thought he was dead! Dr. Kim shared his story and soon they were kneeling together. The word spread and incredibly, Dr. Kim helped build a church for nearly two hundred communist converts. As believers, we are capable of loving with a miraculous, transforming, supernatural love if we trust and obey our risen Lord. Can you image what would happen if more of us loved our neighbors, let alone our enemies, that way?
Your View of God Really Matters…
Make a list of people you find it hard to like. Begin praying for them today. Also, ask God to give you a genuine love for them as you pray for them over the next few weeks. Deliberately think of ways you can show them God's love.
Read God’s Word Today…
Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you."
GOD, because You are love I will love my enemies as You have loved me.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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