Serving Your Enemies
I don*t know about you, but serving my enemies is very distasteful to me. Think about a few of your enemies and then think about being forced to serve them.
Deuteronomy 28:47-48: Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
There are only two choices. We will either serve the Lord or we will serve our enemies.
Psalms 100:2: Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
It is possible to serve the Lord with gladness but when you serve your enemies you will not do it with gladness. There are exceptions to this truth. When you are serving the Lord and obeying Him, you will love your enemies and serve them because of that love. When you serve your enemies for that reason, serving them will also be done with gladness. Serving others is often how God wants us to serve Him.
I had a wonderful teaching some years ago that other men are not our real enemies, they are the victims of our enemies. Our real enemies are Satan, sin and sometimes we are our own worst enemies. We will either serve the Lord or we will serve Satan, sin and ourselves. It must really be offensive to God when we serve Him sometimes and then go off and serve Satan, sin and ourselves at other times.
Matthew 6:24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
It is absolutely amazing that once we have received Jesus and become children of God, He wants to forgive us for serving our enemies, help us stop it and get back to serving Him. Before we received Jesus we were ALWAYS serving enemies.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Nehemiah 9:35-37: For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works. 36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: 37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
Romans 6:12-18: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.