Loving Enemies

““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”. Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭43‬-‭44‬

When I read about enemies, I often struggle, as I don’t think. of people as enemies. There may be people I don’t agree with but no one I hate or I feel hates me. Enemy is listed in Lexicon :: Strong’s G2190 – echthros as actively, hostile, hating and opposing another.

There is no one in my life that is actively hostile, hating or opposing. While I have many people in my life that hold
opposing views, I don’t see us as opposing each other. However that does not mean that I should not be loving towards people, or that I should not be praying for people.

In my past, I had a few people who opposed me. They were not openly hostile or appearing to hate me to my face. It was only after the betrayal I knew they were opposing me. Once I got over my initial shock and hurt, I was able to begin praying for them. I even over the years was able to love them and help them in their personal and work endeavors.

There is still a small part of me that holds that hurt; it is only something I even think about when I share about what happened during that time in my life. Some I still maintain contact with. Others distanced themselves from me and I have not pursued a relationship. I have been civil and helpful within my ability when we have contact.

I live in peace knowing I have forgiven them. If God brings them to mind I can pray for them even though I do not consider them enemies. I can see the motives and emotions behind what they did. I can recall the warning given that fell on deaf ears. I wish them only the best in their journey.

Prayer – Lord, thank You that I don’t feel at this time I have any enemies. I don’t feel opposed or hated; nor do I have that feeling
against anyone at this time. For any person who has opposed me in the past, I pray
Your blessing. If there is need in their lives, meet. it. If they don’t know you, reveal yourself to them, and help them walk worthy of your call on their life.

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