Remedies for enemies

The inner enemy 
Is very hard to see, 
Because I don't like to admit, 
That my enemy is often me.

The person most responsible my your problems, isn’t someone else. One of our greatest enemies is our own arrogance. However, if you look closely enough, you can find what you don’t like in others, right inside of you.

Friends don’t reject friends when they disagree. If you don’t let yourself get angry, it’s hard to see someone as your enemy.

When you treat someone as an enemy, it goes both ways. You make yourself his enemy. Anger might feed your ego, but it won’t convince someone that you’re right.

Where there are enemies, there is a famine of friendliness. People always feel like they’re better people than their enemies.

Unkind words are enemy-making, not peacemaking. If you get to know an enemy’s heart, you’ll find him to be a fellow human, like you. Kindness (the fruit of the Spirit) is a powerful spiritual weapon. Fight with it!

It’s easy to call someone an enemy, but it’s better to make them a friend. People who hate are missing out on a most amazing feeling–love for all people! If you treat others better than they treat you, amazing heart-changes will occur. If you’ve ever been forgiven, pass it on. We all need forgiveness!

Perhaps the worst enemy in any society is the lack of self-control. Hate is a choice. It’s a decision to fill your life with bitterness. A lack of love for people indicates a lack of love for God.

The more you trust in the living God, the less you feel threatened by human enemies. Christ’s love, when it’s working in you, is strong enough to love, not just your friends, but also your enemies.

When you’re being your own enemy, surrender to the living Jesus will heal the breach. Ignoring your conscience, welcomes guilt; repentance and forgiveness remove it.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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