When you look at your life, the good times and the bad, do you see those times through the perspective of God? When you see those in your life who have caused you pain and heartache, do you believe they experience the same highs and lows as you do, and need God’s Love as well?
For many, these two questions are a struggle to answer. We don’t particularly like going through challenging times, but some assume God will bless us as we endure the pain. However, if our enemies were to go through the same situation, we wouldn’t be as quick to say they should be blessed with the same outcome.
In Matthew 5:45 (NKJV), Jesus states, “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.”
Jesus conveys that good and bad circumstances will befall those who believe in God and those who don’t, displaying that God is no respecter of people and will allow events in our lives that are meant to grow us into images of Christ, not bitter toward God and others. Hopefully with this knowledge we have, we can look at one another as someone in need of God’s Love and demonstrate it, whether they are friend, family, or foe.