But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:44-45 NLT
clearly taught that we were to love everyone, even our enemies. This doesn’t
mean that we agree with everyone on how they are living their life. It means
that no matter what someone else does, as Christians, we will love them and
pray for them.
Praying for your enemy can be a challenge at first, but being a genuine child of your heavenly Father will eventually lead you to do this. This kind of love is what sets a follower of Christ apart from the average human being in this world. We do not return evil for evil. In one translation we are told in this passage to “practice the servant life . . . live generously.”
Who do you need to pray for today? Who comes to mind when you hear the word enemy? Is it a family member? A neighbor? A politician? It could be anybody. The end result of our loving and praying for our enemies is that at that moment we are acting like God’s children. We are His spiritual offspring and we inhabit this planet to share His message with the world.
Love someone today that you didn’t plan on loving. At a minimum pray for them and if possible show them a kindness they aren’t expecting. You will be blessed.
Jesus, It is impossible for me to do this on my own. Give my Your grace as I
identify someone to love and pray for today. Fill my heart I pray. Amen
Pastor Wes Humble, Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations