Conflict doesnâ€™t always mean we have to fight against something and tear it apart. Conflict can also mean weâ€™re fighting for something to make it even better and stronger than itâ€™s ever been. â€“ Lysa TerKeurst
Exactly how does Jesus love our enemies through us?
Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and foreverâ€¦
And since Jesus indwells believers at the moment of conversionâ€¦
Then as we surrender to Him, He will express Himself through us.
As He expresses Himself through us, our lives now will look very much like His life did then. And Jesusâ€™ life was full of loving His enemies.
Letâ€™s take a look at one epic scene of Jesus loving His enemies. In
Using our checklist from yesterday, letâ€™s define the â€œthemâ€ Jesus prayed for in His last moments:
I believe this covers all the bases for enemy status according to Scripture. And yet Jesus shows His love by interceding for them with the Father.
This same Jesus rose again from the dead and now, by His Spirit, indwells us if we are believers. So guess what? He can love this way through us too.
We see this principle in action in the book of Acts, as the Holy Spirit works through Stephen, Christianityâ€™s first recorded martyr. Stephenâ€™s preaching landed him in trouble, and an angry mob decided to stone him. As men were pelting Stephen with large stones, he began to pray, â€œLord Jesus, receive my Spirit.â€ Sound familiar? And also, â€œLord, do not hold this sin against themâ€
Because Jesusâ€™ Spirit lived in Stephen, Stephen was able to love those who were cruel to him. The same principle is true for us today too.
Lord, I donâ€™t see only love in Scripture. I see a bold love that comes from living in Your Spirit. I am eager to know what it looks like as itâ€™s expressed in my own life. Will You cultivate this sort of bold love in me? Speak powerfully and lovingly through me, even in the hardest conflict. Amen.
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