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
The other day me and my wife were sitting at the kitchen table discussing a situation where someone was attacking our family. Our 6-year-old son happened to be sitting there listening, while we went back and forth on how to remedy the situation, our son simply said “Lets pray for them”. So my 6-year-old son went ahead and prayed for our enemies at that moment.
I’ll be honest with you during that time, praying for our enemy was the last thing on my mind. But through the eyes of a child, he helped remember what Jesus taught us, Love your enemies. I was so proud of my son for knowing this principle and demonstrating it also.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45
Its hard to understand why bad things happen to good people, but we must understand that in order for God to truly be just, he must allow us all to have free will. We all have the free will to live our lives as we choose, we can deny God if we want, the sun will still shine on all of us. So when bad things do happen, pray for you and your enemies, and a give God permission to take control
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Matthew 5:46
Its easy to love others when they love us back, but how do we love others who hate us? We may not fully understand it but must trust in God. Ask for the peace and strength of the Holy Spirit to guide you through this tough situation and remain in peace during the storm
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His garments by casting lots. Luke 23:34
Jesus displayed the ultimate act of love by sacrificing himself not only for those who love him, but his enemies also. Even while he was being tortured on the cross he asked God to forgive them. Lets try to be a little more like Jesus and love and forgive our enemies also in Jesus Name Amen