This week we continue our series on Giving Up, looking at the enemies we face. What is God’s plan for dealing with our enemies? Who even is our enemy? Read on for this week’s front-page article for the announcements.

Sometimes it feels like there are enemies all around us. We don’t call them that, but that’s what they are. They’re working against you at work, knowingly or unaware. They pick on you at school. They bully you on the playground. They  constantly ridicule you for your belief in God.

When you feel attacked, it’s easy to think of these people as the enemy. You want to hurt them like they’re hurting you. You want to see them suffer for the suffering they have caused you. But in God’s upside-down world, that’s not the plan:

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Romans 12:14

And again:

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-21

God’s plan for overcoming our enemies is not to hold grudges or repay them for the wrongs they’ve committed, but to love them. And when we love instead of hate—when we bless instead of curse—we find they aren’t the enemy at all.

They’re a sinner in need of God’s love and forgiveness, just like you.