WHAT? How do we even begin to do this? Think of that person who you would consider to be your worst enemy. Now, interrupt the bitterness by starting to pray for them. Jesus talked about “loving your enemies” and many turned away from Him because of it. However, He was not talking about having affection for your enemies; He was talking about an act of the will. So how do we do this? You can’t fall into this kind of love – it takes a conscience effort wrought by the power of the Holy Spirit. Grant your enemies the same respect and rights you desire for yourself.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have I seen my enemies as lesser than myself?
2. In relationship to question #1, why do you think that is?
Challenge: Do the heavy lifting of taking an inventory of those individuals you would consider to be an enemy. Ask God to give you a heart of compassion and caring for them and wait expectantly as He begins a heart change within you.
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