Tire Irons And Enemies

Luke 6:27-31

 

In the movie “The War Room” Tony, a pharmaceutical salesman, gets fired for inflating his sales figures. He’s also guilty of stealing some of the drugs he was supposed to be presenting to potential customers. His big boss leans toward showing him mercy, but Tom, the second in command, pushes for justice, even prison time.

After losing his job, Tony gets down on his knees, confesses his deception, restores the stolen goods, and gets serious about following Jesus. Rushing to his daughter’s jump rope competition, he sees Tom, his enemy, stalled beside the road with a flat tire. Tony stops, reaches for his tire iron, and walks toward Tom.  You can see the terror in Tom’s eyes.

If we are listening to Jesus, what do we do when our enemy is broken down and at our mercy?

“But to you who are listening, I say to you, ‘Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who are cursing you. Pray for those who are mistreating you.  To the one who strikes your cheek, offer the other as well.  If someone takes your outer garment, don’t refuse to give your underclothes as well. Give to all who ask, and don’t demand it back from the person who takes what belongs to you. Do to others as you would have them do to you.’” Luke 6: 27-31 

In the movie Tony is a lot bigger and stronger than Tom. He gets to the flat tire, kneels down, and uses his tire iron to undo the lug nuts.

LORD, when I see Tony’s behavior in a movie I know You’re right when You tell me to listen and act in love toward my enemies.  But when I’m mistreated, attacked, and disrespected in real life, I want to respond with my fist. Calm my anger and passion to retaliate. Pour Your love for enemies into my soul.

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