“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).
All believers were among the people referred to in this verse before they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and became one of His children. Let us therefore not be ignorant of the devices of Satan. He is constantly at work to keep the unsaved and believers in a state of deception. This should motivate us not to blame those who do us wrong, but rather to be aware of the spiritual forces that are influencing their actions. Then we can put the blame on the real source behind the situation-the accuser of the brethren, who accuses Christians before God day and night (2).
As we come to realize this truth, we can look to the people whose minds are blinded to the things of God, and initiate divine love and compassion toward them. We must go to the Lord in prayer and plead that the veil would be lifted from their eyes, so that they, too, can experience a new life in Christ, and that they might be partakers with all who have overcome by the blood of the Lamb (3).