Enslaved to the Enemy
How often do we get frustrated with people who are opposed to Jesus and we start viewing them as the enemy?
2 Timothy 2:24-26 say this. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Think about what this portion of Scripture tells us. We must be not fight with people but rather be willing to correct with kindness, patience and gentleness those who disagree with us. Though we may struggle with this at times we probably all would agree and say we try to accomplish this part.
How about the last part, the perspective part? The part where the Bible describes unbelievers as held captive or enslaved by Satan to do his will. What if we stopped thinking about the people opposed to our values as the enemy? What if we viewed them in light of the Bible when it doesn’t say they are the enemy but rather they are enslaved by the enemy? Suddenly we have compassion for someone who is trapped. We should also have great empathy because we were enslaved as well and God set us free!
We pray that God would grant them repentance to believe in the only one who could give them hope. Jesus!
Soli Deo Gloria,