“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” —G. K. Chesterton
It doesn’t matter how nice you try to be or how kind you are with people—at some point, you’ll attract haters.
Maybe it’s a group of gossip-hounds at your church spreading rumors about you and your family.
Perhaps it’s the guy who continually tries to get a rise out of you at work. Or the old guy in the elevator who purposely coughs in your face for no apparent reason.
It’s frustrating and discouraging to deal with people who want to harm you. But consider this, when David talked of God’s blessing, he mentioned that his enemies were still there.
In Psalm 23:5, he said: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (NIV)
So you see, God doesn’t always remove our enemies—sometimes, He lets our cups overflow in their presence.
Perhaps this is so they can see His goodness and mercy, and their hearts might be turned toward Him.
But whatever the reason, remember that God can still bless you, regardless of who is in your way and who is against you.