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Pray for Your Enemies

20 Apr

Have you ever had someone attack you on a very personal level? Of course you have, who hasn’t. I know that we have all heard the words of Jesus who said "pray for your enemies". That sounds easy, but have you ever done it? I have recently experienced complete transformation in my heart about a person who unloaded on me and may still not care very much for me, but I can tell you my heart has been changed through prayer. It started with concern for their anger towards me, then moved to praying for their family and then it came back around to me that I need to find a way to love them. Some people do not want you to love them. Some people want to hate you. But they do not have the power to cause you to hate back, that power is in your hands (or heart as it may be). When you find a way to pray through this kind of hurt and genuinely start caring for those who hurt you, don’t be surprised if the Holy Spirit gets in between you and that person and changes everything. God’s ways are more powerful than we will ever know.

"43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Matthew 5:43-48

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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