With all the confusion of mandates and spiritual warfare abounding… many Christians are seeing they have been in the world and are now coming out of the world. Many are learning things they weren’t aware of like the Spirit of Python, and how the darkness deceives us all, even good people in the church. We are learning lots of things and have many questions. Like how to discern evil in our thoughts and our reactions to things we don’t like. How to love our enemies, and does this mean Satan?
We are to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, and how do we do that; especially while we are in the flesh? It can all quickly run amuck, and I do mean amuck…. like, all over the place if you are relying on the flesh and natural intellect to understand it all. This is where the power of the Holy Spirit is vital to our spiritual growth and understanding.
So, let’s sort this out a bit. We’ll begin with Matthew where the Lord tells us to love our enemies.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
As followers of the way of Jesus, we have a command to love one another, unfortunately religious misinterpretations have made the Bible a free for all in what Jesus meant when he said that, or for that matter, what he meant when he said anything that he said. The same goes for what Paul meant by what he said, or what God said or what creation really was…and what Revelation is all about; and don’t forget the prophets and what they meant by what they said. This has garnered much confusion and scattered the Lord’s sheep. Now God is not the author of confusion… so what’s behind all of this? Is it an ENEMY or is it a lack of understanding? Or is it both?
Let’s see what Jesus said to His friendly enemies – the scribes and pharisees…while at the Temple.
John 8:44 (In it’s context)
41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Now to understand why Jesus said this to the scribes and Pharisees we need to look at what they did to provoke this. Too often we pull one verse and shove it at someone and use it as a weapon by taking it out of context. So, let’s get the rest of the story. Because Jesus was having a heated discussion here. He wasn’t letting these pharisees pick on him and bully him without standing up for Himself and for what was right and just. He was very wise in the way he did it. He didn’t shut up and let them have their way.
John 8:1-42 Summary:
It was early in the morning and Jesus was in the temple, and all the people came to him; and he was teaching them. Then here come the scribes and Pharisees with a woman taken in adultery; and they sat her down in front of Jesus and those he was teaching and said to him, “Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” What they were trying to do was to get Jesus to say something against the laws of Moses on their books so they could accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. They persisted and Jesus stood up and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then he stooped down and wrote again. After that they left one by one. Jesus stood up and asked the woman where her accusers were. “Hath no man condemned thee?” She answered, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”
(I always wondered what it was he wrote in the dirt? I have ideas of different prophetic scriptures, but I haven’t been able to find that answer. Not yet. )
So after that, the pharisees didn’t like how Jesus said he was the light of the world and whoever follows him shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life. They accused him of bearing a false record of himself. Jesus said he bore record of himself, and it was true for he knew from where he came and where he will go but they couldn’t tell where he came nor where he will go. (Meaning he was sent by the Father and shall return to the Father in heaven, and they were blind to it.) Jesus then said, “You judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgement is true for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
Things escalated and Jesus told them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you that ye shall die in your sins, for it you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.”
They demanded to know who he was and Jesus said he was who he said from the beginning. No matter what Jesus told them, they did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. But as he spoke these things many others believed on him and Jesus told them, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered him, “We be Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to any man, how sayest thou you shall be made free?” Jesus answered, “Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth NOT IN THE HOUSE FOREVER, but the Son abideth ever. if the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s seed, but you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father and you do that which you have seen with your father.”
And they said Abraham is our father, and Jesus said to them If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God; this did not Abraham. You do the deeds of your father.
Then they said to Jesus we are not born of fornication we have one Father, even God. But Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me for I proceeded forth and came from God. Neither came I of myself, but He sent me.”
Then he told them their father was the devil.
Now that is not the description of unconditional love, is it? There is a condition. That condition is loving Jesus and the Father as one with all your heart, mind, and soul willingly.
REMEMBER IT IS WRITTEN, GOD ABHORS THE WICKED!
We are taught that GOD LOVES THE SINNER NOT THE SIN, and nothing much is said about the fact that God hates sin and SENDS THE SINNER TO HELL! Why is that? Because that doesn’t fit with the unconditional love bla, bla… which has been used more to control behavior than to actually love one another, let alone your enemies. We are to love one another, but it means nothing if we just say it and don’t actually feel it and possess that love. The same goes for loving God.
Much scripture has been misinterpreted to keep sheep unaware and easily guilt tripped and controlled? Or just misinterpreted by error? You decide. Remember there is a spirit of Python that uses the word of God as a weapon against God’s people.
Today, there is a war blazing between humanity and those who want TO RESET THE NATIONS INTO ONE ORDER OF TYRANNICAL OPPRESSION. No matter how you want to look at the nation, we are at war. It is a spiritual warfare with direct physical attacks on all humanity and it is taking place worldwide.
In this time of confusion and testing, God’s people are told all manner of things that they are supposed to be like. And a lot of it is not sound doctrine and downright twisted in order to throw darts of guilt, demands to obey, and create confusion and arguments among those who believe in the same Lord and savior and almighty God.
Let me be clear, we are to come out from her my people, and this means those who believe in the Lord. That is who MY PEOPLE are. So, if you love your brothers and sisters in Christ, you will do all you can to help them at this hour. This includes all the wayward…all the backsliden, and all those who have yet to accept Jesus. We have no idea how the Lord will change one’s heart or whose heart.
There are many people we see live doing things that are not comely of the Lord and when we point them out to save the sheep that are following that sort of thing, we are hit in the head for so called, condemning the sinner we are warning others of who have been duped.
This is the dilemma we find ourselves in. It is the same dilemma Jesus went through with the Pharisees and Sadducees and high priests. We are dealing with the push of mammon, or the world, and one of those things that has been corrupted in the world is sadly, many in the church. Many mega church pastors are members of the UN World Council of Churches whose goal is to have a one world religion…and it doesn’t look like the one Jesus taught that was of the Father. Especially knowing that the same ones pushing a world religion are also the ones pushing a world RESET, who are the same ones who created COVID AND ALL THE MANDATES in order to depopulate the earth and force all humanity into communism or something even worse – like a transhumanism creation.
So with all of the crazy things taking place, we are watching manipulation and lies all around us and looking to the Lord and God’s prophetic truths in the Bible for direction. Good people have been attacked, slandered, and other nefarious things. Our duly elected president was ousted, innocent people were arrested and jailed without a trial, we have governors and mayors who have enforced illegal mandates for two years and now people are saying enough.
During this war, we have road shows that have become beds of confusion as the main ones leading these things are attacking other people who are on the same side and slyly creating confusion and pointing to anyone who calls it out as a divider enemy. They are not kind about it. And then we are told as Christians we have to do this or that and this has led to people who know this game of manipulation and how it works to speak up so people are not fooled and controlled.
Which bring us back to LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. Of which we are told to do. So what does this mean?
In Luke 6: 35 the Lord says, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.“
I am all for this, and for praying that those who are doing such wrong things would have a Saul Damascus Road experience and gladly welcome even a “Byrne” turned Paul. I am all for that. But, to lay back and watch others get devoured bearing false witness and say nothing… is not what any of this means. We are to stand up with those who are being accused and harmed like Jesus did with the woman they sat before him to be stoned.
So what does the scripture on Agape love mean?
Does it mean to let people steal from you and it’s okay? If that is so, then cancel your home owners theft policy on your insurance for your enemy needed your gifts. If it means to love the enemy who looted and burned the cities as we watched during COVID….then not arresting them was what the Lord said to do. Keep them free to burn and to destroy and kill others for that is agape love for our enemies? Is this true? If this is agape love for our enemies then our Mayors and Governors of Blue states are doing God’s will. So, we should all follow the same example and while we are at it, let us turn in our guns for they are not needed. We will use agape love on all our enemies. Then jab the military down to nothing and defund the police for agape love shall reign in the land? This is not agape love.
We are to protect those who can’t protect themselves and we are to stand up for the Lord…we are to stand up for the innocent. There is much wisdom in knowing when to stand and when to sit. But the teachings of men, twisted around to serve as a weapon to control the masses sure appears to be riddled with the spirit of python.
There is a time and season for all things. Wisdom is knowing the difference of when to stand and when to sit. The only reason the first followers of the way were slain left and right was not because of love and laying down their lives as some have written. It was because of demonic hate for God and what belonged to Him. The spirit of Python. The followers of the Lord were easy prey for they could not outrun the swords of those seeking to kill them. When the Caesars killed Christians in the circus maximus they were slain because there was no escaping it. No way to run from it. In that day and time when Jerusalem was surrounded by armies, as Jesus had warned them it would be, the followers fled Jerusalem and out of Judea as the Lord had instructed them to do. They fled, they ran…. they hid…. they defended themselves whenever they could. Jesus warned them what to watch for and when they saw Jerusalem surrounded by armies then it was time to flee and get out of there. And they did.
Luke 21:20 -23 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
Loving your enemy doesn’t mean to allow them to reign terror over you. And when harmed, we are not to go out seeking revenge…but instead we are to love those who trespass against us and pray for them. When you love them, you don’t want revenge, you won’t even think of doing that. You will want them to change their evil into good. Pray they find the Lord and do no more harm.
Loving your enemy is praying they repent and do what is right. It is not enabling them to do more evil. No one has the right to touch what belongs to God in an evil way. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord and he has made a place for them. Defense is a different subject. You have the right to defend yourselves.
Remember, the Lord told Peter as they left the upper room, in Luke 22: 36, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
So what is this Agape love Paul spoke of that we are to have?
Agape love is supernatural love. It is spiritual love. It is not a natural love and does not have a natural expression.
With agape love you are able to love the person without any expectations of what they will do for you or prove their love for you. It is loving in the spirit and not of the flesh and what things are expected to be done to prove your love in the flesh. It does not mean you are meant to be a whipping post for anyone. It has no natural connection to the fleshly things. It is a heavenly love for all without those having to perform or earn, or do certain things to receive it.
Imagine taking a walk in a beautiful garden. You see and feel the presence of the beauty of the life of the plants flowering. It fills your heart with love for the beauty of it. The flowers don’t have to do anything for you to love them. If they wilt… you are sad for the wilting ones. But you know they were once beautiful flowers and you still see it as part of the beautiful garden. Now, imagine walking in a thorn patch, do you still feel the love for the thorns? If you can see the beauty in God’s creation of thorns…you have agape love for all creation. If you don’t have that…you are seeing the thorns in the natural. The natural is imperfect and not pretty, it is not perfection. If you are able to love the imperfect things, you have agape/supernatural love. If you can love the beauty in a round common stone the same as you love the shiny gem…that is supernatural love.
Agape / spiritual love feels the presence of the soul, not the imperfection of the fleshly body. It loves the person in spite of the bad things it does. But, this does not mean it approves of the bad things, nor does it allow those with natural love the right to harm you. That is NOT what spiritual love is nor asks you to do. Spiritual love is what drives a fireman into a burning house to rescue even a bad person. There is no good or bad in supernatural / spiritual love. It is supernatural love that gives the person the inner love to risk their life to save another, or to fight to save their family, their city, their nation!
Many have taught partial truths of this supernatural spirit filled love, and many have twisted the meaning by lack of knowledge of the truth.
In the video below, Kirby de Lanerolle takes on this very crucial topic and breaks down what agape love truly means. Unconditional love is only the tip of the iceberg, it doesn’t exist without this one missing key component. He tells you what that is!
Supernatural love is not a feeling. It is an inner driven action of our own free will. You choose to watch someone drown or jump in fast without thinking to save the person. Agape is a sacrificial love that voluntarily suffers inconvenience, discomfort, and even death for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return.
It has nothing to do with allowing someone to harm you and do nothing. It has everything to do with saving others from danger without expecting anything in return. It also means saving yourself. You have to have supernatural love for yourself first in order to have it for others.
Supernatural love means people don’t have to change who they are to be around you, and you don’t have to change who you are to be around them. You accept and love the person for who they are. This is what Jesus showed us. Love others for who they are…not unconditionally but supernaturally. Until you see the supernatural spirit love…you will always have a FAKE NATURAL LOVE you call agape or unconditional. You will act it out because you want others to see you have it. When you truly have it…it is in you in all you do. Not just at certain times to be seen of others. It is what it is. We are imperfect in an imperfect world striving to serve God in our natural body. It is having the heart of David.
What is impossible with the things seen which are in the flesh, is possible with the things unseen which is the spirit. The Holy Spirit is supernatural and when we are filled with the Spirit we can begin to move in the supernatural spirit of love.
That type of supernatural love, doesn’t expect anything and provides everything.
Pray for our enemies and love one another… if your enemy hungers give him food. If he comes at you with a sword, PRAISE GOD AS YOU STAND OR PRAY AS YOU RUN!
Keep on pressing into the Kingdom. Press, press, press. Ask for Wisdom and pray unceasing.