A Subtle Temptation

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Proverbs 24:17-18

These verses relate to the subtle temptation of pride. Why pride? It falls into the “I’m better than you” category but only slightly. Instead the Bible exhorts us to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44), as incredible and troubling as it seems. Why is it incredible and troubling?

It’s incredible because it’s certainly not something people outside of the faith would tell you to do. It’s not something we would do on our own.

It’s troubling because we often can’t bring ourselves to love those we consider our enemies.

Once again the wisdom of God shines through our fog. Loving our enemies certainly doesn’t come easy; nobody ever said it would. But it’s something we must do, and with the riches of God’s grace we will.

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