Author Louis L’Amour wrote this. Enemies are good for a man. It keeps him from getting careless with himself. The Bible mentions many times when God’s people became careless with themselves. Enemies laugh at our so-called Christ-like convictions when we let God down.
Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. (Exodus 32:25)
Sometimes, we live as actual enemies of the cross and the Christ.
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:18)
Our own evil behavior separates us from God.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. (Colossians 1:21)
When we act like we don’t know God or how to live Godly lives, we cannot stand against our enemies.
They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So, you will not be able to stand before your enemies. (Leviticus 26:37)
And yet, God still says this.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-48)