DayBreaks for 7/06/15: Choose Your Enemies Carefully
You’ve heard the old saying, “Choose your friends carefully!” Why do people say that? Because if you choose human friends poorly, they may turn on you when it is to their advantage. Or, consider the other reason and another old saw you have probably heard: “Evil companions corrupt good morals.” In other words, if you choose friends who are not living upright lives, you will probably be tempted to join them in whatever it is that they are doing once your friendship progresses and the peer pressure weighs you down. It is truly wise to choose one’s friends carefully.
But, have you ever considered the importance of choosing your enemies wisely?
First, wouldn’t it be great to not have any enemies at all? We are to pray for our enemies. We are to, as much as it is humanly possible, live at peace with all people. We are commanded to love our enemies. But even that command acknowledges the simple fact that we will have enemies. So, we should learn to choose them wisely.
It is one thing to have enemies in this world. The Devil is our adversary – roaming there and there – trying to find those he can consume. He is an enemy, though none of us have ever seen him.
Listen to this passage from James 4:4 –You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4 (ESV)
It is one thing to have other humans as enemies – as long as they are “enemies” because they are opposed to God. It is our human condition that Satan is our enemy – even if we “serve” him he’s our enemy – because He wants only to kill and to destroy, even while he pretends to be their friends.
I, for one, do not want to have an All-powerful God as my enemy. And that puts me (and you!) directly on a collision course with a critical decision: we can choose to be a friend of the world or a friend of God. We can’t be friends with both. It is not possible.
What might you have to change in order to no longer be a friend of the world, but God’s friend instead?
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