As believers, we have victory through Christ Jesus. First and foremost, Jesus has given us the victory over eternal damnation. If we follow after the Word of our Heavenly Father, He also gives us the victory over our enemies. It is constantly repeated in Proverbs that those who unjustly wrong the righteous will not go unpunished by God. What I would like to focus our attention on, however, is our attitude as victors. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 24:17 — 18 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Though we know our enemies have it coming to them, we are not to take joy in their downfall, and that is certainly challenging. The fleshly instinct is not to pray for our enemies. Naturally, most of us are not concerned with their well-being or their ability to bounce back. Spiritually, however, we should be. Above all, we should pray that they find Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior if they have not done so already.
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