Even the archangel Michael when debating with Lucifer about the body of Moses dares not “bring an abusive condemnation against” the devil but rather says, “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 9, HCSB) And we are told to leave room for God’s revenge rather than seek it on our own. God declares, “Vengeance belongs to Me; I repay.” (Deuteronomy 32:35) “No one can rescue anyone from My hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39)
The right-wing extremist in Norway — whether a nominal Christian or not — obviously did not leave room for God, either for God’s love or His wrath. Instead, he murdered innocent young people and attempted to assassinate the prime minister and harm the government of his own country.
Our nature is to judge and criticize one another, but Jesus tells us, “Do not judge, and you are not judged. Do not condemn, and you are not condemned. Forgive, and you are forgiven.” (Luke 6:37) Jesus tells us, “I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
Then, once you restrain yourself from judging the other, once you forgive, once you love and do what is good, once you bless and pray for those who are evil; then God, who sees, is pleased. For you are doing what Jesus does.
“For this reason, ever since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you. We ask God that you may receive from Him all wisdom and spiritual understanding for full insight into His will, so that your manner of life may be worthy of the Lord and entirely pleasing to Him.”
How is it we make our lives “worthy of the Lord?” How is it we make ourselves “entirely pleasing to Him?” Through God’s “wisdom;” by receiving from Him “spiritual understanding” and “full insight into His will.”
For us to please God, it is not enough to want to do His will. We need to know His will. Some people believe God wants them to murder doctors who perform abortions. They believe this evil act is the will of God. Some people believe God wants them to set bombs to go off in airplanes in the United States of America. They believe this evil act is the will of their god. Some people believe God wants them to wave the American flag and isolate us from the rest of the world — economically, socially, even religiously. They believe this act of fear is the will of God.
God’s will never calls us to do an evil deed in His Name. He never calls us to act out of fear, hatred, mistrust or a ‘holier than thou’ attitude. Rather God calls us to love our neighbors and to do good to those who hate us. We are to turn the other cheek when we are struck. To accept and act upon God’s will, we must pray ceaselessly for “full insight” and “spiritual understanding.” God calls us to love our enemy.