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Love Your Enemies

The Lord’s been moving me to understand more clearly how we are to “love [agapao] our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute us” (Mat 5:44), yet find ourselves at the point of rebuking those we are supposed to love. For this reason, we have to again turn to the Bible to find that clarification. There is a more detailed study on this in my hub HATED on Account of My Name.

What is love? The definition of LOVE in this verse is Greek word agapao (ag-ap-ah’-o) the verb (action) of agape (noun). John 15:19 states, “If you were of the world , the world would love [phileo] its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world , because of this the world hates you.” The god of this world is Satan who was given this dominion for a measured amount of time. Satan hates God; therefore, he hates God’s children, and those who are his hate God and His children, too.

John 15:19 used the word 'phileo ', rather than agapao. I'd like to share the difference in these Greek words for 'love ': phileo is to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling ; while agapao [v. form of the noun agape] is wider, embracing espec, the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety : the two thus stand related very much: the former [phileo] being chiefly of the heart and the latter [agapao] of the head ; phileo is spec. to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):- kiss, love .

Did you get that? Agape is of the head (decision); Phileo is of the heart.

What is an enemy? It is the Greek word eehthros (ekh-thros’) meaning to hate, be hateful, hostile, an adversary, enemy, foe.

The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to love our enemies. We cannot do this apart from God. Some are unknowingly influenced by Satan who "blinds the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Cor 4:4) . We are instructed to show them God’s love [agape - of the mind] by not only sharing the gospel with them, but ministering to their physical needs. Rom 12:20-21 states “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” The “coals” represent the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon them, hopefully leading him/her to salvation in Christ Jesus.

Loving our enemies in this manner is demonstrating God's love to them. Consider Rom 5:8: "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." We see the Biblical result of loving our enemies in the passage above. However, in Mat 25:40 we are rewarded for loving the brethren in this way: "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine , even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

 

Rebuke is speaking with His Authority!
Rebuke is speaking with His Authority!

What is Rebuke?

So, while exercising the love of God, how do we find ourselves at the point of rebuke? Let’s look at the example of Jesus rebuking Peter, whom He loved. Mark 8:33 states, “But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, and said, ‘Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” As with Peter, is very important to understand that indeed a person can both speak from within himself, or can speak by the influence of the spirit of Satan. Jesus didn't rebuke Peter the person, but rather Satan who was influencing Peter.

What does "rebuke" mean? Rebuke is the Greek word epitimao (ep-ee-tee-mah’-o) to ax upon, censure or admonish, forbid, straightly charge. Biblos.com defines it as 'to honor, to mete out due measure, hence to censure'. Jesus rebuked evil spirits or devils, Satan, waves and winds and yes, even a fever.

The Word tells us in Luke 17:3, "Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." Matthew 18:15 tells us we are to do this in private. For more on how to handle conflict, I invite you to read my hub God's Word on Conflict.

There are times when evangelizing the gospel we encounter false prophets. They twist and distort the Word of God and attack the truth with lies. Their motive and purpose is to mislead others away from Christ, not to Christ. In Rev 2:9 this is called blasphemy; "those who say they are Jews [believers] and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." When a saved believer encounters one such as this, it is call for rebuke.

Let's look how the Apostle Paul rebukes a false prophet:

Acts 13:9-10 [regarding a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus] " But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him, and said, 'You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?'"

Eph 6:12 states “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

It is important that when we as believers are in the position of rebuking, we do it in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s look at two passages that show us this is what we must do:

Luke 10:17 “And the seventy returned saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

Jude 1:9 “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.

Why Rebuke Anyone?

In my Bible, The International Inductive Study Bible (NAS), the preface of 3 John states, "Love cares about the individual.  Love encourages.  Love rebukes.  Love walks in truth."  Let me tell you something. If you truly love another person who is influenced by Satan, if you don’t rebuke that spirit from continuing to influence her or him, s/he will not or may never be set free. The world cannot recognize the spirit of Satan; only the Holy Spirit can recognize him. The other reason for rebuke is to protect yourself from the attack and temptation of the Adversary.

Jesus loved Peter enough to rebuke the spirit of Satan right then and there. Even the Apostle Paul rebuked those in the Lord: 1 Cor 4:21 “What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”

Thank God I haven’t had to rebuke but a handful of people influenced by Satan in my lifetime, but when I was called to do so, I did it in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, knowing that all spirits are subject to His name, I continue to have faith these will then be more open to receiving the truth. They very well may take it personally (as Peter may have), but we know it is truly done with the motive of love, with the hope of their true salvation. AMEN.

Demon POSSESSION

Demon possession is different than merely being influenced by Satan. Delivering someone from demon possession is not to be taken lightly. It’s best the person is ready to receive salvation (to be filled with the Holy Spirit) when this happens because the Word says in Luke 11:24-26 “When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” 

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Comments 23 comments

Justcallmeleroy 7 years ago

Yes My Sister, We must take a stand on the Word our Lord Jesus has left for us to minister to those who are lost or have been misled by another doctrine. I hope and Pray that we have took a stand and used the Word to bring a hope of producing fruit with the seed's of Faith that our Lord will plant within those who are in need. For like he said Narrow is the gate to redemption but broad is the way to destruction. That is why he tells my Spirit that the time of the gentiles is at an end. The Hand of God is Turning the Clock! Amen


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Amen, brother Leroy. I've had to rebuke those who practice in the occult and claim to be "Christians", as well as those who call Jesus Satan. This is blasphemous, and I pray for their souls!! He is coming soon, and I want to be sure I did everything I could for these souls for which He died! God bless you!


Royal Diadem 7 years ago

Have you ever written on demon possession? Do you believe that a christain can have a demon? good writing (smile)

Royal Diadem


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Royal, That's a tough question. I believe Satan can place strongholds upon us, which are allowed through sin. The Word talks about giving "footholds" to Satan when we harbor anger or unforgiveness, for instance. We know when there's a blockage between us and the freeness in His Spirit.

When we can't break through, we need to ask God to break those strongholds. When I did this, I was given a dream where I was attacked by demonic forces (which were the strongholds manifested). They were outside my head, then inside my head over and over again. Until I cried to the Lord in my heart.

The Lord told me, "This is Satan. Use scripture." All I could think of was this very one, "Get behind me, Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ." It didn't work when I spoke it several times. I cried to the Lord again.

Then, the Lord asked me the very foundational questions of salvation: "Do you belive that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sin and rose from the dead?" He asked me if I BELIEVED this. I searched my heart and knew I did. I was instantly filled with faith and power. Then the Lord said, "Then speak it with that faith." I spoke this scripture once more with the authority of God in faith and the enemy fled, never to return.

My life has never been the same. Praise God!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sciantel, THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION!!


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thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

I greatly appreciate this hub, and the passion of this sister regarding the current healthcare reform. I recently covered a news story regarding a senator's visit to my home town, and he made no mention of this. The senator was asked if he had read the entire 1,000 page proposal, and he admitted he had not - yet he opposes it?

He did say however that there are several versions of the same bill being proposed and that all of them would have to be merged into one with all the necessary revisions. The abortion thing is one such revision, FOR SURE.

Please be advised, some of the proposals from both liberals and conservatives are good, and some are not.

I believe some kind of reform is necessary, but we should not be rushed into ANYTHING, or reject the whole concept without having fully scrutinized the whole plan.

Thanks Again JD! Be Blessed


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Wonderful Hug Judas Daughter Really Good. Very Well Written. I rebuke some because I am rebuking the devil 'in his'name' as children we have that authority. When I have done it the person looks startled but in a few minutes goes and passes out but I am safe. It was my x drunk husband. He is in heaven Now. Thank God. Every time I rebuked Satan he passed out. Gods word is for our well being and advantage.

All of it. God is so cool giving us the authority and putting on his armor. Majestic. I will return Love Ya


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi sister skye! You are such an awesome woman. I appreciate your openness and how this application of rebuke worked in your life. I'm sorry to hear about your husband; you say he's in heaven now, so I am thanking God that he was saved and is with our Lord. We women do have experiences, don't we? Our Lord is the Man of all men, and I am so thankful for His love, mercy and protection!


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Loving this HUB sis!!!!YES! I pray that God keeps using you and blessings you because you are GREAT in His eyes and mine!! Keep up the Blessed work your doing for the LORD my sistha!! Smile! Love ya!!!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Oh, drpastorcarlotta, you were on my mind today ~ it's because you are so refreshing to my soul! We are so united in the Lord's Word, interpretation and ministry!! You don't even know what a blessing you are in encouraging me to keep on keeping on!! I pray abundant anointing upon you as we continue in these final days!! Amen, my sistha!!!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Great Hub!

Yes we must love our enemies. There is nothing stronger than love. And yes pray for those who persecute us for righteousness sake. Because "GOD IS LOVE"

We must be ready and prepared to give and answer for the Hope that lies within us! We can then STAND on His WORD and point others to Jesus Christ.

One must be prayerful and discerning to not be deceived by the enemies many devices. And as you say be able to tell him "Get thee behind me" IN JESUS NAME!

Blessings

To GOD be the GLORY!

Thank you

Blessings


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

DeBorrah K. ~ Everything I've ever read of yours and your comments are always so right on and bear witness with my spirit (the Spirit of God) that you are my sister in the Lord and you are a child of the King! I so appreciate your support, encouragement, and confirmation. You are such a blessing to me and all who know you!


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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I truly understand what it means to rebuke now. Thank you! I heard about the seven spirits in a demon possessed person just recently. This is yet another great hub sis and I have a lot of catching up to do in reading more of your hubs because there is a lot of much needed imformation. Thumbs up once again!!!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise God, sis! I know I get hungry for learning and every day I am learning more ~ even on my hub about the Unholy Trinity and commenting with a Muslim. I learned that their Dijjal (false Messiah) is our true Messiah, Jesus Christ (of course, they don't see the alignment). God has so much to show us and desires to teach us and feed our hunger for His truth constantly! I love you so much!!


SadMom 6 years ago

How would you rebuke the evil one from an adult daughter who has become an unbeliever after a Christian upbringing?


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

That's got to be the WORST pain in a mother's heart, SadMom. It can really affect your spiritual peace; I know. She may be in rebellion or maybe she gave up her faith? Try to find out what happened to turn her away from God and minister the Word to her ~ and God's love. If she won't hear, all you can do is speak the truth in love and pray, giving her over to God's discipline, praying He will bring her back. Try not to feel completely responsible for her choices.

When you pray, stand on the Word about your daughter: Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Remain faithful to the Lord, even knowing Jesus said in Luke 14:26, "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate [regard less] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple."

My heart is with you. I hope you have prayer partners that can lift up your daughter in prayer with you. The Lord rebukes the evil one and if your daughter is influenced by such things, God is faithful. May His Comfort be in your heart today.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

AMEN JUDAH! excellently written. I have tried to teach this to a few who have asked me. Then they don't want to hear it. But anyway thanks for the excellent hub, great job!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Oh, Michael Adams1959 ~ I hear you! I can tell you that people will either be lovers of the Truth or not. Those who love lies will reject hearing the Truth ~ however, we will not be silenced. The Word of God will NOT return void! Say what you can ~ pray for them. Demonstrate His love and know that God will confirm His Word. They can keep on plugging their ears, but their spiritual ears are not plugged when it comes to the Truth. It's like sticking a rod into a wasps' nest, causing them great unrest. They very well may try to sting you, but God is LORD!! Our confidence is in Him!! Praise God!!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

That is so true Judah, every bit you said. I just keep on going if they hear good if they don't then the seed is planted and someone else will water. Oh and I used the hub karma thing on my new hub to use the link to 2 of your hubs.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

God is just so good, brother Michael. I've got to start using that tool!! Thank you for your kindness. I pray what I've written brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. We, as His children, are all part of His body, each called to minister what He shows us, and WE (as with His great message) are linked together in Him ~ AMEN!!


DT 4 years ago

You said we are Jesus's children. How can we be Jesus's children when the Bible says we are his brothers and sisters?


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

DT, Yahshua is both our Father (Creator) and brother (Lamb), The King of kings and Prince (son of the King) of Peace, the Root (Creator) and offspring (son) of David. (Isa 44:24/John 1:3; Mat 25:40) (Rev 19:16; Isa 9:6) (Rev 22:16).

1 Pet 1:17 "If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth"

Rev 22:12 (the words of Yahshua) "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done."

Rev 21:7 (the words of Yahshua) "He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son."

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