This morning as I was on my way to work, I was jamming to Life Songs (FM 89.1) and I heard this song that completely BLEW MY MIND!!!! Not only that, but it made me look at Matthew 5:44 with a whole new set of eyes! The song was short on words and that was okay. The words that were said was just so profound that the other words we really not a necessity! The chorus simply says, “When I look into the eyes of my enemy, I see my brother. I see my brother.” Yall, I almost cry! Let me tell you why.
When I thought about my brother, my heart started to melt while also feeling heavy. I love my brother with everything in me. I want the absolute very best for my brother. I want everything that he does to prosper and flourish. I want my brother to have the best life there is to have. I want my brother to have daily communion with God and a deep relationship with Jesus all the days of his life. I want my brother to be an inspiration to other men and to his son and to just live a life of prosperity and not damnation. I want all of these things for my brother. I pray for all of these things for my brother. I tarry for my brother. I cry out for my brother. I support my brother. I am there for my brother. I go to battle for my brother! All this and more! But y’all, can I be honest here? When I look into the eyes of my enemy, I don’t see any of these things. Or if I see some, its most definitely not all. In that moment, hearing the words to that song and feeling the piercing of them hitting my heart, I literally felt my heart change.
Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Jesus spoke those words. That mean, this was not a request, but a commandment. When I heard the words of that song, I became so remorseful and repentant. I was like, “My God! This is what You meant. I am sooo sorry, please forgive me and thank You for revealing this to me and teaching me!” I mean, I don’t go around cursing out my “enemies” or people that’s not like me or anything like that, but I do still be “feeling some type of way” sometimes towards some people that I know I shouldn’t be feeling and I might roll my eyes (in real life or in my head) or say things like, “I ain’t gotta like them, I just have to love them”, and I justify it (cuz we’re good at that right?) and say: “I’m only human.” But remember how I told you Jesus took away our excuses!? (Check it out here >Jesus is the Answer<) That is NOT AN EXCUSE!! That is wrong. I am wrong each and every time I do that, each and every time I say that! That’s not loving my enemy. That’s not blessing those who curse me. That’s not doing good to those who hate me. Yeah, I might pray for them, but I will admit, all the time that prayer is not with a good and pure heart, so it’s still not praying for those who spitefully use me and persecute me! My God!! And then! As if that’s not enough, He asks me two verses down: “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?” Matthew 5:46.
In other words, God said, “So Danika, tell me, what makes you different? If you only like those who likes you, what makes you set a part from the others like I have created you to be?” Bruh!! All this from a song! I’m not listening to the radio anymore! But really. Y’all. It’s crazy how God moves and how He speaks. Less than 20 words in a song got my lil “everything is going well, I’m good with God” life ALL THE WAY TOGETHER!!! And I’m cool with that, I am grateful for that. I know that God is not through with me yet. If He was, He would not have corrected me about this! I can’t sit here and wear “DARE to be like Jesus” apparel and claim to have Jesus in my life and I’m acting like everyone BUT Jesus! No siree! Do you not know what 1 John 2:6 says!? No? I will share! It says (NIV): “Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” Jesus loves us all y’all. He doesn’t even mention anything about liking us because He LOVES US! Unconditionally y’all. He loves us despite the fact we don’t see our brother when we look into the eyes of our enemies. I can get on a whole nother message with that right there man, but let me stay focused.
Guys, the time already passed when we should love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us AND persecute us! For me, this shouldn’t have been a “new revelation”, I should have already been doing this and living this and walking this. But I thank God for new grace and mercy and another opportunity to get it right! I am a work in progress and you guys are along for the journey. With that being said!
Family, we have to start seeing our brothers, our sisters, our parents, our spouses, our children, our loved ones, our friends when we look into the eyes of our enemies because it’s not them y’all. You know Satan like to use people too. Also, your “conviction” may not be like mine, “seeing your enemies as your brother”, but that don’t mean this message is not for you! If you have a problem with forgiveness, if you have a problem with jealousy, covetousness, lying, stealing, adultery, drinking, back-bitting, gossiping, idolatry, the time has already passed. You gotta look at that stuff as if that’s your brother.
Let’s all love together!