Pray For Your Enemies
 


Pray For Your Enemies
                                            Pray For Your Enemies

 

Pray For Your Enemies:  Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
44 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;

I learned years ago from a very wise man and minister of the Gospel that Christians should pray for their enemies.  I believed what he said and lived by that message.  It certainly relieved any bad feelings I had for people who hated me, and it turned many of those enemies into friends or people who at least respected me.

I was never a person to desire revenge, and I had a forgiving heart, but I came to realize that I was praying for my enemies because I was tired of being treated as a pariah by family members and some church leaders just because my Christian beliefs followed scripture rather than church tradition and man-made doctrines.  I just wanted them to “be nice” and make life easy for me rather than wanting what God wanted for them.  I came to desire their full salvation and deliverance.

Pray For Your Enemies With God’s Love

It was when I began to pray for others with the spirit of God’s love that I realized a true caring nature about what happens to those who hate me, despitefully use me or persecute me for my beliefs.  God allows us to get by on our limited faith and love for a time, but because He’s always speaking to us, we’re expected to eventually listen to Him in order to transform our lives to the fullness of the Word as we learn it.

Without God’s love working in us and through us for others, our faith isn’t as strong as it could be because faith works by God’s love according to Galatians 5:6 which says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

However, with God’s love comes God’s wisdom. We should love all others but we must still maintain law and order in our households, our communities, our cities and our countries.  We can’t allow persons who wish to do harm to others avoid justice, and we should never allow ourselves to be harmed or abused.  We can forgive and love, but never allow evil to prevail.  Forgiveness over hatred will make a way for God’s best to intervene for all involved by faith.

 

Matthew 5:43-48  (KJV)
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 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;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

By forgiving and loving even our enemies, we’ll become empowered to change the world where we live and make a difference. Each of us living by God’s standard of love can overcome even the politically aggressive leaders who are determined to destroy whole nations for the sake of financial gain and power.

 

Leave Pray For Your Enemies For Home Page

Close Menu

Important!

This site makes use of cookies which may contain tracking information about visitors. By continuing to browse this site you agree to our use of cookies.