This is one of the toughest things to do, which is exactly why Jesus told us, directly, to do it. It was because He did it first, even unto His very painful death for all of us. If we love our enemies, we clearly are His followers, doing the toughest actions daily that we need to do.
Questions for further thought:
1. Who is a personal enemy that you need to love right now?
2. What was the exact first time that you knew you’d be “at odds” with this person and what stops you from loving him or her right now?
Challenge: This is a tough one, at least if we are following our own desires and not those of Christ. IF we allow Christ’s power to “overrule” our own desires, then we will be much more able to do this very hard thing: loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. We pray that we can do those very things today, as hard as they are.
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