Our world today is not only empowered to mock, ridicule, and attack Christians, but in many cases the people of the world are encouraged to do so. The god of this world, Satan, takes Scripture and twists it in the minds and hearts of non-believers to make it seem silly. He blinds the eyes and binds the hearts of non-believers so that they enjoy the fifth by which they live and have no desire for the gracious love by which God abounds.
So we as Christians should do two things:
1. Understand that Satan is actively blinding non-believers to truth.
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
2. Love those that mock and persecute us because God loves them despite their sin (and ours):
“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;” Matthew 5:44
It’s not easy to follow the teachings of Christ. But who said it was going to be easy? We do it because we love our Lord Jesus with all of our heart and have an active desire to follow His commands. And besides, weren’t we an enemy of God before we put our faith in Jesus?
Let’s work to love our enemies this week.