They are enemies of God for your sake

As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. Romans 11:28-32

I have really struggled with today’s verses. Paul uses some very strong words for God’s chosen people calling them enemies of God. As I contemplated what to write I wondered if we Christians haven’t sometime used verses like these to justify our treatment of the Jewish people. After all if they are enemies of God don’t they deserve our scorn and mistreatment? No because immediately after calling them enemies Paul writes that they are beloved by God. Can we really hate or mistreat any people beloved by God? No, if God loves them we should also. Of course God does not only love the Jews or Christians, He loves each and every person who has ever or will ever walk this earth. God loves all of us and we are called to love everyone else also.

Now that is easy to do with people who are like us. It gets harder to love those who are different. It is easy to love my family and friends. Loving my brothers and sisters in Christ is mostly easy. I confess that some of you are harder to love than others. That last sentence most likely includes me. But love the unbeliever? Love the homosexual? Love the Moslem? What about the thief who robs my house? What about the person who hurts the ones I love? The answer is I am to love all of them. Not only love them but forgive those who wrong me. It is then that I cry out to Jesus how can I do this? It is too hard for me. And He answers that through Him nothing is too hard. He commanded each of us to love God and love our neighbor as we love our selves. This is hard to do.

I have been listening to C.S. Lewis’s “God in the Dock” on my commutes and something he wrote stuck with me. If you are looking for an easy religion don’t choose Christianity. Choose something else. Pick Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism they are easy. Christianity is hard. It is not a religion for wimps.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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