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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Love Your Enemies (Proverbs 25)

Have you ever had someone disagree with you on an issue of faith, immediately become angry, start wagging their finger at you, and say something like "You say you're a Christian ..!!" Worse yet, have you ever been the one doing the finger wagging?

When my kids were young, I can vividly remember a lady coming to the door and inquiring about my faith. I don't remember how I responded but I remember how she answered.. "If you think just because you have trusted in Jesus .." And at that point I quickly shut the door.

I saw a similar example this week on Facebook. Those two examples and my reading in Proverbs today reminded me that finger wagging and uninvited correction will never draw anyone to Jesus; in fact it will just push people further away.

So then why as a follower of Jesus understanding my mission is to show others the love of Christ, would I ever resort to finger wagging and grenade lobbing especially on social media?

Could it be because I lose sight of my identity and my purpose? Could it be that proving I am right and the other person is wrong becomes the goal rather than obeying Jesus' command to love others?

This is something I need to remind myself of every day. My job as a follower of Jesus is summed up in these two verses:

  • Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

  • Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

My job as a follower of Jesus is never to pick an argument, try to prove someone else is wrong, or offer unsolicited correction.

Dear Lord, Thank you for the reminder that my purpose as your follower is to show others your deep love for them, pray for them, give them food when they are hungry, and drink when they are thirsty. Lord, please protect me from the temptation of blurting out my two cents when others are clearly not wanting to hear it. Please guard my heart and bridle my tongue so that I truly glorify You in my actions and my words. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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