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We know the famous New Testament Scripture which instructs believers to love their enemies;
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:44 KJV
Old Testament (Tanakh): Proverbs
With this we have Old Testament (Tanakh) verses which the above (and others like it) agree on in sentiment;
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 25:21 NIV
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 22:21 NIV
We also have verses which when read in context, demonstrate the yearning of the righteous to have their enemies blessed;
“Let all their evildoing come before you, and deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”
Lamentations 1:22 ESV
Here in Lamentations, the hope is that enemies might be blessed by way of discipline from God – in a similar manner to how a relatively righteous person was being disciplined and humbled for his sins, back then (ref. Lamentations 1:14).
The relativley righteous man prayed such out of love, so that his enemies could perhaps be bettered, forged, humbled, and ideally made ready for a better life in the new heaven and new earth – being more pleasing in G-d’s eyes, by living in a more observant way to His commandments (Leviticus 18:27-28, 18:30).
G-d’s Discipline Is Good
The Holy Scriptures tell us that discipline (not wrath) from G-d is a very precious thing for a person to value, and it should not be despised or lightly regarded;
‘…For whom the LORD loves He disciplines, Just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.’
(Proverbs 3:11-12 NASB2020)
Whereas wrath is typically associated with judgement of a person’s sins, and this results in a person’s bonds to (eventual) death and their present sinful state being tightened and increased – they are in a sense thus literally put into the ‘hand of the evil one’ (devil);
‘…to loose the bonds of wickedness…’
(Isaiah 58:6 ESV)
‘…do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; …destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:22 ESV)
‘…handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.’
(1 Timothy 1:20 NASB)
‘…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
(Matthew 6:13 NIV).
No Wrath For Born Again Believers
A genuine born again believer in Messiah (Christ), does not recieve wrath (Rom 6:14), but rather discipline from G-d. This discipline is part of the process to conform a person to the image (likeness) of G-d’s risen son (Rom 8:29, Proverbs 3:11-12);
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace.
Romans 6:14 NASB
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:29 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 KJV;
‘…we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,…’
(Acts 15:11 NASB2020)
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
Galatians 3:10 NIV [‘…all who rely on their deeds…’ ; essentially meaning, those not believing in Christ]
Overcomming Sin and Trial
With this, as we bless our enemies, may we be liberated and triumph over trials and the inherited sinful nature that we are born with (Rom 5:12), G-d willing;
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
Romans 8:20-21 NIV
‘…if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.‘
(Romans 8:13 NIV)
‘… I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…’
(Philippians 1:6 ESV)
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach).