Satan and false teachers desire to imitate God in all of the wrong ways. This is made especially clear in one of the most difficult statements that Jesus ever uttered.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For every person that honors and glorifies God, how many more blaspheme His name? To be Lord of all creation is to be Lord of the rebels, blasphemers and ungrateful sinners. Yet, God demonstrates love, patience, and grace toward His enemies John As a pastor, I am obligated to teach and model this kind of love for my congregation Eph.
Godliness is much more than quiet meditations, private prayers and secluded reading. And leadership is more than being obeyed, receiving honor and making decisions. My leadership is not to be as the Gentile rulers Matt. I am not called to be a great man; I am called to be a good man.
William Gurnall powerfully illustrates the likeness we are to have to our Heavenly Father with these words. If a prince hath an enemy got into one of his towns, he doth not send them in provision but lays close siege to the place, and doth whatever he can to starve them.
But the great God, that could wink all His enemies into destruction, bears with them, and is at daily cost to maintain them. Well may He command us to bless them that curse us who Himself does good to the evil and unthankful.
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Quoted in A. Pink, The Essential Arthur W. This does not mean that there is no place for human justice or divine wrath. Gurnall continues to say…. However, we are not faithful to the Scripture or the character of God, if we eliminate love for our enemies from our pursuit of godliness. Is this what you teach and model for your people? We are not called to be great leaders but we are called to be good ones.
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