9/17/2022 – From Brasov: Loving your enemy?

From Lyuda (Day 206): Dear brothers and sisters, It rains here every day but there are some periods of a nice and sunny weather. Yesterday we did some sightseeing and the weather was nice, it started raining when we came home. Katya took me to a picturesque place in the Carpathians, we visited a Peles Castle near the city of Sinaia in Transilvania. It was built in the spirit of eclecticism from 1873 to 1914, by the king to be his summer residence. It was so nice to see the beauty inside and outside the castle and walk along the forest paths watching waterfalls. We enjoyed the trip very much.

The time we spend together is so precious for me because Katya and children will go to the United States next month and I will not see them very often. Katya applied to the program U4U according to which she and her three children can live in USA for two years.

Yesterday we had the zoom meeting of our counselors and we discussed the topic that many Christians in Ukraine are confused about. Roman brought Job 31:29,30 and we had a discussion what it means “to curse his soul”. We all admit that we are glad to see the advance of our army and we are glad when we see our enemies defeated but as Christians we start wondering if it’s a right thing to be glad seeing the death of the enemy and how can we apply “love your enemy” to this situation. We read more Scripture and Angela shared with us how she feels about it. Yes, seeing the terror that Russian army does to our people she is outraged and full of hatred, “but when I think of a living soul under Russian uniform that also has the traits of God’s image, I don’t feel hatred, feel sorry for the soul and for the choice it made”, Angela said. And we all agreed with her, thinking of young Russian men who are somebody’s sons and husbands, somebody’s fathers.

But today as I read about the mass graves and torture chambers found in liberated Izyum I feel confused again…. The experts that investigate war crimes confirmed that the atrocities in Bucha were not isolated acts. Rather, they show the whole nature of the atrocities of the Russian army in the occupied territories.

This week the men of our church started preparing our church building for winter. They were repairing the roof. You can see our elder Peter on the top of the roof in the photo.

Please, pray with us for the end of this terrible war and for the love to fill our hearts in stead of hatred

In Christ,
Lyuda

2 responses to “9/17/2022 – From Brasov: Loving your enemy?”

  1. Our Father in heaven,
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Lead us not into temptation
    Deliver us from evil,
    for Thine is the kingdom, power and glory now and forever.

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  2. Wow, that’s some summer house! So glad you got to enjoy such a beautiful day seeing Gods beauty and creation. It reminded me of the time I was in Germany and got to go to the Neuschwanstein castle. https://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/

    I totally agree with the dilemma of loving your enemy when such atrocities have been done against the Ukrainian people. Totally barbaric! Yet, I think too like you do, of their lost souls, how they are in the grips of Satan, in darkness. They will be judged and know of Gods wrath, eternally. Can’t imagine that. Praying for justice but also for salvation. Praying the Ukraian military will not treat their POW’s viciously but instead, fullfill Romans 12:20-21
    On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

    I’m sure it won’t be easy, so praying the Holy Spirit with equip you/them.

    Surprised your daughter will be coming to the US for 2 years..hope it works out well for her and the children.

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