In the presence of my enemies

RE Verse reading–Psalm 23, Psalm 27:1-5, Psalm 116:1-9, Matthew 6:25-33 (day three)  “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”  (23:5)  I am finally reconciled to the fact.  There will be enemies.  David had them.  Every leader does.  People who oppose.  People who criticize.  Sometimes for valid reasons.  Sometimes not.  But God continues to provide what we need despite the fact that some people are not happpy with us.  God’s word has clear commands.  “Refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing they produce quarrels. (don’t show up for every controversy!).  The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome (don’t let things get personal!) but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition”  (2 Timothy 2:23-25)  These words describe the way Jesus faced opposition.  The only way that we will be able to follow His example is to know with certainty that the Lord will provide what we need. . .even when our enemies are present.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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  1. Ps. 16 says, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

    As I pondered this today, I wondered how. Then on the drive into work the radio station had a great story about compassion. I know personally I have someone who views me as “an enemy”.. .even though I do not see them that way and actually likely care/pray way more about them than most… but this person has not ever taken the time to come to me and try to talk it through (“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” Matt 5). As I was reminded yesterday, the truth is that love/relationship/discipleship costs/hurts. If it does not, it is probably not real. That being said, I choose to join the Ps 16 verse with my faith and ask for Wisdom to help me understand/come under and in line with this verse.

    Father, may you fill us with compassion. Please help us see from other’s perspectives and give us Wisdom. Please help us to be at peace ….even with our “enemies.” (Eph 6). Thank you. Amen.

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