No Flies on Me

Jesus gave this command:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:43-44

A man without one hair on his head sat down after working hard on a hot summer's day.

A fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate. The fly would bite the man from time to time.

Irritated, the bald man aimed a blow at his little enemy.

He swatted as hard as he could but – WHACK! – his palm smacked his own head instead.

Again and again the fly buzzed around the man’s head to torment him. Again and again, he kept swatting and missing, until there were red marks all over his head.

The moral of the story? When you pay undue attention to your enemies, you only hurt yourself!

Most of us encounter personal enemies from time to time – people who try to hurt us, who put us down, or who simply annoy us with their attitudes and words.

What do we do with those who stand against us?

When we choose to love, bless, do good, and pray for those who would try to harm us, it’s a sure sign that we’re following Jesus.

Consider the people who are “flies in the ointment” of your life. What can you do today to respond to them with the love and grace of Jesus Christ?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!