People gossip. People slander. People do all manner of evil to us and those we love. People say all manner of things against us.
It happens at work, at church and at home.
Our reaction sometimes is one of amazement at how low people are willing to stoop.
Sometimes it is one of disappointment, especially if it comes from someone in church.
Others times our reaction is one of anger because of the destruction those people have caused to the lives of those who don’t deserve it.
But, (and I say this as a resounding but in hopes that we all will remember this fact) when we see people act the way the do, we are always to remember that though they are the source of hurt, pain, slander, that there is a greater force at work.
Our warfare in this life is not physical. Physical elements play a part in it. But ultimately we must remember that our warfare is spiritual.
When we accept this, then we can go to the Source of all spiritual strength- God. By gaining that strenght we are able to look at those people as God would have us see them- as lost and being used as instruments of unrighteousness ( Romans 6:13).
It is only then that we can truly follow Christ’s command:
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;