At first, I was like "wowwww those two go together?!" but when I thought about it, it's really just common knowledge. When our enemies test us and push us to our limits, we have to persevere through what they put us through, right?
To be honest, I'm not really a person with too many of what you might call "enemies" but I've learned a lot about perseverance.
Anyways, I had my little epiphamy on June 4th, 2010 about this ... at least I think that was the date ........ but whatever, it doesn't matter :P here are my thoughts from that evening:
I looked at some verses and I believe You want us always to treat our enemies with kindness and respect, no matter how much we may dislike them.
In Galatians 6:7, it says that "whatever one sows, that will he also reap." Thus, your enemies are sowing or creating in themselves what you despise in them. While it's easy to get frustrated, God calls us not to "grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap ... let us do good to everyone" (Galatians 6:9-10). In other words, if we treat others well, then we should "always [be] abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Cor. 15:58).
Another piece of advice we can take comes from the book of Philippians. Paul says that we must forget what lies behind and strain forward for what lies ahead because Jesus is our goal. If we just fight the good fight, finish the face and keep up the faith, then surely no enemy can stand in the way (2 Tim. 4-7).
The first thing we can do regarding an "enemy" is to not regard him as an enemy. Instead, we should "warn him as our brother" (2 Thess. 3:13). Second, we should try to help stir our enemy to love and good works. How? As Hebrew 10:25 says, by "not neglecting to meet together ... but encouraging one another." Lastly (and thirdly), don't get tired!!!! Persevere. For you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. So keep in mind these three goals as you face trials, bumps, and enemies in the road of life:
1) They're not my enemy! (Tell yourself that until you say it in your SLEEP.)
2) Make an effort. (Attempt to reconcile things with someone -- no matter what the circumstance or who the person is. Don't run away from the problem -- meet it head on.)
3) Don't get weary. (Remember, true friends are good for those times :) :) :)
Hope this helped you like this helped me =)