THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Jefferson Davis once asked General Robert Lee what he thought of a certain officer in the army. Davis had an important place he wanted filled by a trustworthy man.
Lee gave the officer an excellent recommendation, and he was immediately promoted to the position.
Some of Lee's friends told him that the officer had said some very bitter things against him, and were surprised at the General's recommendation.
"I was not asked," said Lee, "for the officer's opinion of me, but my opinion of him."
Only a noble heart could prompt such action. In praying we are told to love our enemies, but in our everyday life we too often love only those who love us.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 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.
By the grace of God, through the sacrifice of Jesus, Christians are made to be:
"..children of your Father which is in heaven."
As such, we are to develop character that is different from the world, and growing more like our Lord each day.
Part of the instruction for training from Jesus to His children is to:
"Love your enemies!"
We certainly may not love being cursed, reviled or persecuted!
But, while we may not love the mannerism of our enemy, we can still love him!
We can speak of their good characteristics.
We can "bless" them.
We can "pray" for them.
We need to realize that we cannot allow the world's attitude
to change our character!