We either bow to the enemy or we bow to God. Now some may be thinking, I will never bow to the enemy. But when you fall into a trap of strife, pride and you let someone steal your joy because you argue with them, then you are bowing to the enemy. Jesus told us to walk in love at all times and through all things. He said to bless those that curse you. When we get upset with someone we are not really upset with them as we talked about earlier this week, we are wrestling with the enemy world, and if we stay in this mood, or this nature of anger or pride then we are letting the enemy win. It is the same as us bowing down to the enemy, (crying Uncle if you will). We as Christians do not have to submit to the enemy, we have the power to defeat the enemy in all things through Christ Jesus, all we have to do is respond in kindness, humility, humbleness, and God will bring us out on top every time. He is going to win, you can rest assured. We just have to do our part and not fall into the trap of Satan.
Gal. 5 vs 22-23...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another envying one another....
It is like when we are playing sports in school, and the teacher chooses two team captains and says now choose your sides. You want to be on the side that has the best players, don't you. Or if you are the one choosing, you want to choose who you know will play the game the best. You do not want someone who is going to cause you to lose because they get prideful and boastful all into themselves. God wants His team that way. He wants players who will hear His word and act accordingly. We may not always like a person, but we are told we do have to love them, because Jesus died on that cross for everyone. He may not always like how that person behaves, but yet He still loves that person. I was watching one of my favorite people on TBN and he was saying how he had a problem with this one guy and he told the Lord, "Lord, I know you want me to help this guy, but I sure do not like this guy", and he said the Lord said, "I don't like Him either, but I died on the cross for Him because I love him so you need to love him too." I thought that was so funny. You see, God does have a sense of humor. He was not saying He didn't love the guy, He was just saying He did not care for the way the guy was behaving. The same is true for us, we may not like the way a family member, a co-worker, or the person behind the counter treats us, but we can walk in Love toward them, and bless them, and they will change their attitude toward us, or God will bring us out of their midst. But when we start acting like them, in rudeness, hatefulness, or disobedience, then we are like the guy above, God is not going to like us very much then either. He will love us, but He is not going to like our behavior. So let us practice walking in love always toward everyone we meet. If you will bless them, instead of cursing them, I promise God will give you a peace and a different opinion about them. He may reveal to you a reason for their behavior that will change the way you look at them, and will show you how you can be a blessing to them and help them.
You never know what the enemy is holding over them.