It’s not everyone who’s against you in life, is an enemy, especially when they are family member•••that’s one man’s opinion (me). Don’t get me wrong, there’s evil in some people, but I also think sometimes people fall victims to the stressors of life•••spiritually speaking, the devil always uses people to do his dirty works•••
—Connecting to the Bible: In Luke 22:3-6, it says: “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him (Jesus) unto them. And they were glad and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.” I believe it was Judas job to betray Jesus, and Jesus knew this and why it has to happen•••Jesus never referred to Judas as His enemy; never once did He called him an enemy•••He still cared for Judas.
We might not understand why some people will want to cause pain to others•••most often, why people close to us will hurt us•••the thing is•••some people don’t have enough strength or ability to resist the compulsion to engage in evil•••everyone is born with both good and dark side, the one we feed on more surfaces •••some people are good at disciplining themselves and restricting their dark side•••other aren’t•••
In Christianity, we attribute this strength to overcome sin to walking cautiously in spirit•••Galatians 5:16-26 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other.”
So sometimes people who inflict pain on us might be victims as well•••we may not see it as such•••and it will take grace to come to such realization, to see someone who has hurt us as a victim who needs our help•••a victim in need of our forgiveness and loving-kindness•••