How does God feel about our enemies?
You could hardly find a more violent enemy that Saul was to the early church. Not only did he join in with the persecution and murder of Christians, he also hunted them down in other cities for the purpose of attacking them.
But something happened to Saul on the road to Damascus in the hunt for Christians.
Jesus encountered Saul in the form of a bright light and told Saul that he was now going to work for Him. The light also happened to knock Saul down and blind him.
And then, Annanias, a faithful disciple of Jesus in Damascus, was asked to go and pray for Saul so that his sight could be restored.
After some struggle, Annanias went and prayed for Saul, a great enemy of the church!
Again and again, Jesus asks Christians to pray for and love our enemies. We never know what will happen. Sometimes, we may have the opportunity to join in with a divine reconciliation! Just like Annanis did with Saul.
Who are your enemies? Who opposes you? What if we ask God to show us His divine plan to love them? And then what if we pray for them along those lines? And then what if God asks us to be part of the piece of love that brings reconcilation? Just like Annanias was.
Check it out ahead of time at Acts 9:1-19.
Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “God extends love to our enemies…then asks us to do the same”.