Friday, June 28, 2019

Praying for your enemies

The world is full of all kinds of people. But one thing is for sure—we are all pretty much all for ourselves. For good and for bad.

I try my best to avoid toxic individuals but once in awhile I have no choice but to deal with them and I'd almost always be barked at and bitten. 

And it happened today. And what do I do? What can I do?

To start off with, I am obviously very angry. But as I dwell on it and think it over, I actually begin to feel sorry for this person. I suppose I do come off as patronizing when  I say it but I do feel sorry for her. 

Those harsh words and display of contempt has to come from somewhere. Which is sad. 

This obviously reminds me of this passage from Matthew where Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
~ Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

So I must pray for her every time she comes to mind. It's not easy. Life is not easy. But praying for my enemies may just help me be kind to myself and then to them. 


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