Acts 16:27-28 Care For The Enemy

The jailor woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” Acts 16:27-28

Very few people care about their enemies. It would make most people happy to see their enemy struck down by someone and probably more happy to see the enemy strike himself down.

The world is looking out for self and want to destroy the enemy at all costs. There is often very little mercy or concern for those who have done wrong.

Paul and Silas had been wrongfully put in prison. In the night an earthquake occurred and the doors had been opened. The prison guard was about to kill himself out of fear and failure, but Paul stopped him.

Many believers would look at the enemy killing himself as a providence of God. They would rejoice that the enemy has been removed, not realizing that a soul has been lost for eternity.

This type of thinking is actually very selfish and not in the spirit of what Jesus would do. God has called every believer to love everyone, including his enemies. Loving the enemy does not allow room to seek their destruction, but desires to see the enemy saved.

Instead of allowing the enemy to kill himself, one should strive to show him love and point him to real life in Jesus. Forgiveness is to be shown, just as Jesus loved and extended forgiveness to His enemies while dying on the cross.

Every believer was an enemy to God at some point. God in His great love and mercy did not allow the person to continue to kill himself in sin, but forgave him and gave him eternal life. This same love must be shown to the enemy.

You will have enemies in your life that strive to make your life difficult. Some of those enemies will work to destroy themselves because they have no real hope or life. Seek to point them to Jesus, rather than turning away and letting them continue to kill themselves.

Remember the love and mercy God had on you when you were His enemy. Forward that same love and mercy on your enemies. Allow God to change their lives, saving them from eternal judgement.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love your enemies as God loves you; that God will open doors for you to be a witness to those around you; and that God will draw many to salvation through you.

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