Did God REALLY Say That?

“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

Who is your worst enemy? When was the last time you prayed for them? You say, “Oh, I prayed for them alright. I prayed for God to kill them.” I don’t think that is the kind of prayer Jesus had in mind. Take a look Jesus’ instructions to His followers. Regarding our enemies He said this: (1) love them; (2) bless them; (3) do good to them; and (4) PRAY for them. None of those things will happen automatically in our lives. The world teaches us that if someone has wronged us or hurt us, we should get even with them – make them pay. But that is NOT what Jesus says.
So, how does one love our enemies? Do something for them they would never expect. If you find out they are sick, take a meal to them as an act of kindness. They would NEVER expect that. “Bless them” – figure out what kind of blessing would be helpful to them, then ask the Lord to show you how you can do that as an act of love. “Do good to them.” When they go on vacation, mow their lawn. Find some way to reach out to them that allows God to work through you and they would never expect. “Pray for them …” This is something you can do and they never have to know. Hold them and their family before the throne of God and ask God to do something they need. Ask God to save them. Don’t limit God by saying, “None of that will work for me. I just can’t do it.” What you can do and what God can do through you are two separate things. Give God a chance to allow you to be a blessing to an enemy. Just My Thoughts  …

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