Let’s face it, we face adversity throughout life. However often we get the real enemy confused. All too easily we can see another person, agency, business, politician as the enemy. We feel offended, assaulted, or even wronged. But let’s not forget the real enemy. Paul reminds us in his letters to the Ephesians that we “struggle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (6:12). Remember Jesus’ own words that the “thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). This even occurs within the church! C. S. Lewis in his book, Screwtape Letters, speaks to how its one of the evil one’s schemes to keep us wrapped up in strife between church denominations, leaders, pastors, etc., because as long as our hearts are engaged in destructions, our eyes aren’t on God.
So the next time you feel like someone (person, political party, etc) is your enemy, remember who the real enemy is. That we are to put on the Full Armor of God (Eph 6) so that we can stand firm against the attacks of the evil one. Jesus came so that we could not only have a restored relationship with the Father, but also to redeem our relationships with one another.