LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48

One of the hardest things to do in life is to love our enemies. Jesus did so despite of how people treated Him, Jesus even prayed for those that wanted Him crucified. With His last breath before He died He asked God to forgive them for they know not what they do.

Jesus wants us to pray for our enemies and love them. Especially those who persecute us and say all manner of evil against us. Why? Because, it proves that we are children of our Heavenly Father, and also because He does the same by showing us love in spite of our sins and faults. Furthermore, if you are kind to those people who are kind to you then you are no different from the pagans and heathens. God’s word tells us in Romans 12:1-2, to be transformed and not conformed to this world and it’s events.

God sets a standard of perfection because He is looking for people without spot or blemish. We should aim to be perfect because He is perfect, holy and just. So like Jesus, He requires the Christian to be like Jesus. God wants us to love at all times.

To be able to love your neighbors as God asks us to and to try to live up to  the standard God sets by the help of His Spirit receive the salvation of the Lord, Jesus. Go to the Salvation Page at the top of this blog.

All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.

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SEEKING PERFECTION

Wouldn’t you just love for everything and everyone to be perfect as you like? Does it mean that you are selfish? Or are you, just like your Heavenly Father who gives us the best and requires the best from us. So, why should we settle for less when James 1:17 tells us that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Therefore, we see that God’s gifts are good and perfect. If I don’t settle for less, and if I am unsatisfied with imperfection, it does not make me bad; It’s just because I am made in the Image and likeness of my Heavenly Father therefore I adopt His charactereristics and seek the best.

In seeking perfection, it means we have to try to be perfect in everything we do or say. For example, instead of doing bad we do good, instead of hate we love, instead of  war we seek peace, and the list goes on. However, to be perfect, we must emulate the only perfect example that was given to us by God and that was His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. God wants us to be perfect, that’s why Ephesians 4:11-13 reads, “And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelist; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; Till we come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”

Perfection is a goal we seek to achieve or reach before Jesus returns to redeem us or we die. How do we acquire perfection or strive towards it?  It requires Holiness and righteousness, which are two of the main ingredients to accomplish this task, along with complete faith and trust in God, through His Son Jesus Christ. There are three stages of perfection, the first is positional perfection, which every believer who accepts Jesus Christ has, as we see in Hebrews 10:14-19, “For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made Holy; And also the Holy Spirit adds His testimony to us (in confirmation of this)…For having said, this is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding), He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these (sins and lawbreaking), there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the (Holy of) Holies (by the power and virtue) in the blood of Jesus.”

Then we have Relative perfection, which is based on spiritual maturity, where as Paul says in Philippians 3:13- 14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehend; but one thing I do, forgetting  those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead; I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

As a mature Christian, we should do the will of God (most of them are laid out in the ten commandments), and display Godly traits like  love, purity, holiness, patience, and everything that is Godly. Then we have the Ultimate perfection which is the perfection of Spirit, soul, and body which is knowing Christ to the extent that you know Him (Jesus) and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also lay hold of me, as Paul said in Philippians 3:10-12. For the child of God, the moral perfection of God is the absolute standard of conduct to aim for, hard as it is to attain, but this is something worth dying to accomplish.

Yes, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forberance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just, and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:23-26). The question is, am I perfect? No, but I am striving to be. How about you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions.

All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy, that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.