Thursday, August 4, 2011

30 Days of Esther: Day 21

"So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified." - Esther 7:10
This is the part of the story where everyone cheers at the defeat of the villain, but I can not. While I can praise the Lord for the protection of Mordecai and the Jews, and that He's a merciful God who will be with His children through all their troubles, I can never be anything but saddened by the loss of a soul.
Haman is the example of what Satan can do to a life.
Haman had a mother and father, he was once a child. He was a normal person, but he was one that gave in to the temptations that Satan had presented to him. Satan gave him opportunities to be puffed up, and Haman seized them. When someone surrenders to Satan's temptations and loses his soul in the process, I can not help but be truly saddened.
It's important to pray for our enemies. Paul was an enemy to the early Christians, John Newton was an enemy to Africans, but through the redemptive powers of the Savior their lives were changed!
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" - Matthew 5:44

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