Keep your friends close and your enemies closer was a term used by people considered to be street people, a saying I could not come to wrap my mind around. If you’re my enemy I didn’t want to have anything to do with you and I definitely don’t want you close to me or even closer then a friend as a matter of fact I don’t want to have anything to do with you!
According to Noah Webster 1828 Edition an enemy is a foe; an adversary. A private enemy is one who hates another and wishes him injury, or attempts to do him injury to gratify his own malice or ill will. A public enemy or foe, is one who belongs to a nation or party, at war with another.
But, when I became a worshiper, I read that we are to love our enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matt. 5:44 but it still doesn’t say anything about keeping your enemies close.
As I continued to study this new concept of how I should treat my enemies, the one who privately hates me and wishes to do injury to me to gratify their own malice, I found that when I submit to His will concerning this matter there is a reward for those that bless those that hate you, for what reward is there if you only love those that love you back?
Let me say here that we shouldn’t be obedient only in expectation of receiving a reward, we should be obedient because it’s the right thing to do.
All of those things I can do afar, my enemy doesn’t have to be a part of my life for me to pray for them, I can bless them by speaking a blessing over their lives, I don’t need them in my space!
But, God spoke to me and showed me in His word why I shouldn’t run my enemies off! He said in Psalms 23:5 that He preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies! That means that my enemies has to be close to me to witness the spread God has prepared for me!
So,while your enemy is privately hating you at the same time God is privately preparing to bless you openly in the presence of your enemies! Now I understand the concept “Keep Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer”
Don’t run your enemies off, you need them in your presence because God is preparing a table before you in the presence of your enemies!
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