Looking unto Jesus and not at His enemies or at our enemies. Instead of hating them and fearing them, we shall know how to love them and to overcome them.
I am not sure the average North American Christian can identify a personal enemy. Too a large extent everybody does get along. This is the legacy of living in a land influenced through the years by the spirit of peace making. Still, the world system is not a friend of the friends of Jesus. Politically and socially the tide is usually running against the righteous. We can choose to focus on and rehearse those expressions of animosity towards Christians that surface all around us. This often leaves us, in one way or another, with feelings of being disenfranchised. We feel we are the downtrodden minority. Such thoughts are beneath us. We are not a special interest group. We are the precious children of the King and the Prince of Peace is our brother. By looking to the Lord Jesus we see His view on rejection. He doesn’t grit His teeth in resentment. He weeps for those rejecting Him and says, “How oft I would have gathered you unto myself, but you would not.” In pity, He still lovingly desires that these too would look to Him.
Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' Matthew 23:34-39
Can We Pray? Holy and Righteous God, Judge of all the earth; How I praise You that in judgment You remember mercy! In this is love, that while I was yet Your enemy, You gave Your Son to die for me. You see the sin in all men that I am blind too see and You also see the promise of what You could make of Him. Free to reject You and despise You, You still love him. Lord Jesus, thank You for loving Me, so teach me and fill me to love as ‘Thou do’st love.’ Amen