The greatest thing man has ever done is being beaten and put to death but at the same time being at peace with the situation. Yeshua express true love for his enemies when he asked the father to forgive them for beating and killing him. This devotional today is a very helpful reminder of the importance of following Yahweh’s Torah and the shalom it brings.
(#006 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“When a man’s ways please Yahweh, He will make even his enemies at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7)
If you have children, ask them to read this scripture. Then, ask them this question. How will you know if your ways are pleasing to Yahweh? The beauty here is that you actually don’t need a child to answer the question. You simply need to change and become like a child to grasp this Kingdom principle. (Matthew 18:3)
Yes, this is a good litmus test indeed. It is also a noble pursuit. Living at peace with all men will result from a life that is pleasing to Yahweh. And if you take delight in Him (Psalms 37:4), the desire of your heart will be to have your enemies at peace with you. Think about it. Yahshua taught, “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, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45) It even pleases Yahweh to be at peace with His enemies.
His command is to love your enemy. Woe to any man who convinces himself otherwise. Your strength cannot make an enemy flee; only your obedience can. You love them; He guards you. You praise Him; He removes them from your midst. You endure; He gives you strength. You submit to Him; He lifts you up. These are immutable patterns. Sing aloud; “The battle belongs to Yahweh.” (1 Samuel 17:47) Make your ways pleasing to Yahweh and even your enemies will be at peace with you!
As we progressively unfold the patterns of the perfected mind, you will begin to recognize them and even seek them. As you adhere to them, you will find that they produce good fruit every time. You do what He says; you reap the blessings He promises. At last, you will testify, “It was so easy once I applied His ways to every situation.” Enjoy His instructions; they were created just for you. Obey them and even your enemies will be at peace with you. You have His word.