How to be greater than your enemy
I heard a thought today that made me think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good. I hadn’t thought of it that way before”… and so I’ll share it. Just a short blog today.
How would you like to be greater than your enemy? You know, the ones who gossip about you or make life difficult for you. (Or maybe you’re one of the blessed rare souls with no enemies.)
The lesser is blessed by the greater. Hebrews 7:7 says that.
Yeshua taught us something he himself did. On the cross, as he was dying, he prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In its own way, that prayer was a huge blessing. He was forgiving them and asking his Father not to charge them with any wrong-doing. Now that’s a blessing!
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”.
So He also taught us to “LOVE your enemies; BLESS those who curse you. Do GOOD to those who hate you. PRAY for those who spitefully use you.”
Scripture teaches us that generally speaking, the greater person is the one who is able to bless someone lesser, or poorer, or weaker. See Hebrews 7:7. There are many examples in Scripture of this.
So, do you want to be greater than your enemy? Here’s ONE simple way, of many:
Pray a blessing over your enemy. The greater blesses the lesser.
When you pray blessings over your enemies, instead of curses, you become larger, stronger and more at peace. And yes, you become greater than your enemy, because you are becoming ever more like God himself.
Now, don’t let even ten more minutes go by without praying a blessing on someone you know doesn’t like you very much. Watch your attitude towards that person change, and I’ll “bet” you, you’ll see their attitude change towards you as well over time.