The Bible is full of relationships. Troubled relationships
Genesis 3: 15 And I will put enmity (animosity, hatred, hostility) between you and the woman,
and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
God told the servant (Satan) there will be hatred, hostility between you/your offspring, and the woman and her offspring. Men will bruise Satan’s head and Satan will bruise men’s heel.
When you have a bruise on your foot it makes it difficult to walk, there is a limp, pain! Satan’s goal is to make it difficult for us to walk in good relationships. With God and with other people.
Romans 16:19-20 ….be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
Our goal is to make sure that Satan is under our feet and he is not winning in destroying any relationship we have.
Jesus tells us how to keep Satan from winning in Luke chapter 6.
Verse 20 – Blessed are the poor (Matthew adds: poor in spirit). This is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. Jesus showed us how to lean not to our own understanding and to be poor in spirit when He was in the wilderness. He could have turned the stones into bread, but He wanted what God wanted. When we are poor in spirit, we are trusting God!
Verse 21 – Blessed are you who hunger (Matthew adds: for righteousness) now for you shall be filled. Esau was willing to sell his birthright for a bowl of soup. We want to hunger for what God has for us and not give in for that temporary moment of satisfaction.
Verse 22 – Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil. for the Son of Man’s sake. Abram was told in Gen. 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. The law of sowing and reaping is put into effect (Galatians 6:7-9). Abram was a blessed man because he choose to bless others. If we bless others we will be blessed when we choose to curse others we bring curses on ourselves.
Jesus goes onto explain how to continue to bruise Satan’s head and to walk without a limp ……
27 – Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.
28 – Bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you.
29 – If someone hits you on one cheek, let him hit you on the other too. If they take away your shirt, give them your coat too.
30 – Give to everyone who asks of you. If someone takes your stuff don’t ask for it back.
31 – Do to others what you want done to you.
32 – Love, 33 – Do good to others, 34 – Lend to others,
35 – Love your enemies, do good and lend, not looking for anything in return, then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High God. He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36 – Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.
37 – Do not judge! Do not Condemn others. Forgive!
38 – For with the same measure you give judgement, condemnation, forgiveness it will come back to you.
Thank you Jesus for instructing us how to live.
Take time to pray and ask the Lord to form these qualities in you so you look more and more like the child of the Most High God.
Your relationship with the Father will be peaceful & good.
Your relationship with others will be peaceful & good!