March 23rd, 2018
No Favor with God
Matthew 5:44-45 (KJB) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
God does not favor any man. He divinely sends both the sun and the rain to fall upon all.
Certainly, you understand that these passages are not speaking exclusively about weather events, but rather He is speaking about just treatment for both evil and good people.
God treats every man with love and fairness. God desires for each of us to love others as He has loved us, whether another individual is acting as an enemy or a friend to us. Perhaps you consider that relating to an enemy with loving kindness is a tough and impossible thing to do.
To love another person, even when they are unloving to us, seems like an unbearable decree to contend with or accomplish.
Perhaps your instinct is to feel like socking a hateful person in the head rather than give them loving words or a hug. However, loving any other person can be done in the presence and power of God despite any circumstances at hand.
Take a moment to stop and consider the righteous and holy character of God at this kind of critical relationship juncture. Take a giant step back and prayerfully ponder the truth that every person, including you and me, were born as natural enemies to the holy nature of God. This bold truth did not stop God from loving and extending His love to us.
It is true, God did not choose to club us, rather He sought our attention by prodding and poking at our conscience all the while showering us with His great love, mercy, and grace.
A sincere child of God, who identifies with the nature of God, should desire to treat people according to His nature despite their words and actions.
This scripture should give you a dramatic spiritual pause when considering how to treat others as you sojourn on this dark and wicked earth. Both our enemies and friends need to see and experience the supernatural power and presence of God at work in our life through our conduct with them and others.