“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised
through his holy prophets long ago.
Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
So who is my enemy? Is it someone who disagrees with me about business or politics or religion or who should win the big game? But I know many persons who I think of as friends who I disagree with about something. Maybe it’s someone who actually wishes me harm or hates who I am or what I might represent to them. Even more importantly maybe it’s someone trying to push me away from the path that God is guiding me on, whether intentionally or by accident.
So how would I like to be saved from my enemies? Do I wish that God would do something terrible to them - or maybe I should be praying that they will find the path that God is trying to reveal to them, that will give their life the most meaning?
I believe that the example that the Savior Jesus gave to us was to do everything possible to bring our “enemies” as close to God as possible by showing them the love we have received from God.
Jesus, I pray that I will not dwell on my “enemies” as someone to hate, even if I feel like they hate me. Help me to pray that either I or someone can help them find the love that may be missing from their life – the love that only can come from God. Amen.