How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity! Psalm 133.1
This is a true story.
A young boy aged four I suppose, went to preschool for the first time. When he came out in the afternoon to greet his father, he had a huge smile and his eyes were shining. He was bursting excitedly with his news: ‘I made two enemies today!’
I’m not sure he knew what an enemy was, and since then this particular lad has gone on to make good friends and to be a good friend.
But isn’t that just like life? Aren’t we being told all the time who our enemies are? Our enemies are Muslims and asylum seekers, they are environmental greenies and gays who want to be married.
It’s important to know who your enemies are.
Sadly, sometimes it is necessary for us to know who our enemy is. There are circumstances where we must pay attention to this. But it’s not a way of life. It cannot be a way of life for the Christian who follows the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul says
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
And in 1 John 4.18 we read:
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…
Our way of life is love, not fear. Continue reading