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“Love Your Enemies and Pray for those who Persecute You”

Today’s reading in The Lectionary is the heart of the Christian faith. Jesus told us many things that turned the world upside down. If we as Christians, truly practiced the teachings of the Christ, what a different world this would be:

Matthew 5:38-48

38 ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;

40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;

41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.

42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?

47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,* what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

If YOU were to pray for your enemies, who would you pray for?

I tried it one time, almost as a challenge to God, I didn’t believe it would change anything but I would do it because it was required – and it turned out well – for God. When you pray for your enemy, you open a door for change to happen, unexpected change, miraculous change, transformational change.

As a young woman, I studied power and it’s application, reading books from many cultures on strategies of winning. This gospel summarizes a totally unexpected and wildly successful use of the spiritual power in each one of us, the God-given power to turn evil to good, to bring friendship out of enmity.

So today I challenge you. Is there someone in your life whose very presence makes you miserable? Pray for that person. As often as that person comes to mind, send up a prayer. I challenge you to see what happens in your life.

February 25, 2011 - Posted by | Charity, Civility, Community, Counter-terrorism, Crime, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Spiritual, Values

2 Comments »

  1. Very impressive No One has any enemy to pray for

    Comment by daggero | February 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. You know, Daggero, when I saw your comment, I thought “I think I wrote this same post (almost) some time in the past.” Now I have to go look.

    Who is your enemy? The guy who cuts you off on the highway, weaving in and out. Instead of cursing him, we are supposed to pray for him.

    The woman who pushes in front of you in the co-op.

    The boss who criticizes you in front of others for a problem he caused.

    The teacher who mocks your child for no reason.

    People who torture cats or dogs, or children, or their spouses.

    We’re supposed to pray for all of them.

    Not so easy, huh?

    Update: In 2007 I wrote something similar, but it was a different gospel: https://intlxpatr.wordpress.com/2007/05/02/readings-for-today/#comments

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 25, 2011 | Reply


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