Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Enemy

I was with a group of women when the conversation turned serious. As we discussed various situations going on in our lives I noticed a theme. When there was a painful, hurtful story there was always a villain. Each situation was different, so the identity of the villain varied, but a thought washed over me: We've gotten mixed up. It is sin that is the real enemy...not people.

I know the phrase 'Love the sinner, hate the sin.' I understand it in terms of grace. Yet, when it comes to conflict I think it is tempting to forget that our earthly enemies are sinners (as we all are) caught up in the mess of their sin. It is tempting to forget because this way of thinking is easier. Thinking (much less talking) about the Devil feels a little extreme. Yet, Paul addresses this is Ephesians.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

The key to winning any battle is to know your Enemy. I get that mixed up sometimes. I like to put a face on my adversary...and while, yes, there are people and relationships that I believe it is best to avoid or enter into very cautiously, I want to be careful about making any person my enemy.

My enemy is The Enemy. The Father of Lies. The Devil. He comes to kill, steal and destroy.

May I not get confused about who the real enemy is in this fight--and may I cling to The One who is victorious for all eternity.


The Bouldins said...

I love it. My friend asked if there was a Bible verse she could use to "pray for me" and I've had a difficult time finding one that really defined my struggle with my situation at this point.

You did that for me. thanks!

Kristi said...

This was a timely reminder I needed to hear today. Thank you!

Tee said...

Great post. I recently read a great book, "When Pigs Move In" about spiritual warfare. It really opened my eyes to the real problem.

La Familia Garcia said...

I have to remember this even when it comes to a disagreement with my husband, that he's not the enemy, but Satan is! Thanks for this reminder as well.

mary katharine said...

Where's the "like" button??!!