Sometimes you will hear it said of a man who has died, “He never had an
enemy.” If so, he was a rare man. Few of us can say with Will Rogers,
“I never met a man I didn’t like.” Will Rogers never met some of the
people we’ve had to deal with. If he had, he would never have said that. And
usually the people we don’t like are people who don’t like us!

The Bible is so realistic. The Bible never assumes that you will get through
life without making enemies. The Bible only tells us how to deal with our
enemies. “Do not gloat when your enemy falls ” (Proverbs 24:17).
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him” (Romans 12:20). “Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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