So often, the sting of betrayal can overtake our thought process. Many of us have been done wrong by a spouse, family member, church member, co-worker or friend. In 1 Samuel 24, Saul and David had an encounter. Saul was after David because of jealousy. When David had the opportunity to kill Saul, his heart grieved at the thought. Even though Saul had it out for David, he was yet God’s anointed vessel.
Previously, I shared my daycare adventure in management with you all. As I stated, the lady in upper management did not care for me. Why you ask? It was because she could intimidate people because of her demenor. I don’t scare easily, so I didn’t jump through hoops to please her. She even suggested I get counseling for my issues. It seemed like all she talked about was what we were not doing right. I later found out, through co-workers, she was complaining about me to the staff. But, God had a prophet of God watching my back. I found out her birthday was coming. The Lord had me get a portable charger for her. We are told in the word to bless our enemies. ( Prob 25:21), my flesh didn’t want to do it, but when I gave it to her, she was touched. She wasn’t expecting anything.
It is amazing how God will reveal your enemies when they believe you can’t see them. The enemy appears as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:4) What is an angel of light? I am glad you asked. A person who “appears” to love you, have your back, knows almost everything about you, encourages you, pray for you, but, their heart towards you is not pure. They could hate your guts, without discerning it, you would never know. That is why the Holy Spirit is so important. He is the revealer of truth. (John 16:13).
I know you are wondering, what happened to this lady that had it out for me? Well this prophet of God at my job told me one day I was in her classroom, “The same trap she is setting for you, she will, fall in.” I knew she didn’t like me, but I still had to walk in love. Was it easy? No! But, as followers of Christ we have to pursue peace. (Hebrew 12:14).
Long story short, after I went to the other facility, she got demoted and banned from coming to that particular facility. She was put back into the same position she hated.
Did I laugh or gloat? No. See, God will make our enemies your footstool. He says vengeance belongs to him, he will repay! (Rom 12:19).
I later found out she had some personal things going on as well. Praying for our enemies is not the easiest to do, but we must do it. (Luke 6:27-28). The sad part is we have enemies who don’t even know they are our enemies. Some we have made ourselves. Regardless, we must forgive and let it go. It is not worth eternity.
Did someone in leadership turn into your enemy? How did you respond? Did you do something to someone and now they hate you? How did you respond? Talking about how wrong we were done yields no good fruit. Ask God to help you love and pray for your enemies.
Dear Jesus, I have some who have betrayed me and became my enemy. I may or may not have done anything to them. Remove any discord or anger in my heart, and help me pursue peace with them. I know it will take time, but I will yield to your way of doing things. In Jesus name, Amen.
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