Beyond the Weekend

September 3 | Enemies

September 3, 2014

Text: Proverbs 24.17-18

Our response to someone who’s wronged us involves not only our actions, but also our thoughts. When someone who’s wronged us experiences hardship and pain, our response can’t be one of smug satisfaction, acting as if they deserved it. If we do, the writer of Proverbs says God may then side with our “enemy” and remove his wrath from them.

Smug satisfaction at the hardship of those who’ve wounded us suggests a superior attitude, an attitude opposite of what should characterize a follower of Jesus: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3.12).

Today, memorize Colossians 3.12 and use it to “put on” humility when you see your “enemy” experience hardship.

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