Do you have enemies? Fortunate is the person who can answer “no” to that question. But for most of us, there are at least some people in our lives we could categorize that way.
Our goal as Christians is to be sure that any enmity that exists is not a result of our actions. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:18 “…as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
No one in the Old Testament lives this out better than the prophet Daniel. In the sixth chapter of Daniel, jealous co-workers set out to destroy him. The Bible says they tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel to discredit him in the eyes of his boss, King Darius, but could find nothing. Then we read this:
We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the laws of his God. – Daniel 6:5
In other words, if they’re going to get Daniel in hot water with the king, they’ll have to put him in a position of choosing between the King of the Medes & Persians and the King of the Universe – because they were certain he’d choose God over the king.
What a statement on Daniel’s character!
Would someone seeking to discredit you or I have the same dilemma?
Christians should be the most honest people in the office, the people who work the hardest and treat their co-workers the best. They should leave the best tips in restaurants (especially on Sunday!) and treat both those in positions of authority and positions of service with honor and dignity. In short, With God’s help we should seek to live each day as Paul instructs in Titus 2:8, such that any who oppose us would be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Have a blessed weekend and Lord’s Day!