Friday, January 25, 2008

Day 4 of the 21 Days: Love Your Enemies

The whole point of this 21 Day consecration is to be more Christ like by the end of it. That sounds very good until today.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for then which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (KJV) ~Mathew 5:44

Uhhh, really? Now, Jesus did this at every turn of his life. When people were hurling insults at him, beating him down, betraying him, and crucifying him, He prayed for them; Jesus loved them no matter what. Ummm, wow! I have every intention of giving that a wholehearted try, but even thinking about it seems difficult to me. Off the top of my head, I can think of several people that I really do not feel like loving right now or ever. However, if I want to be more like Jesus, I have to somehow find it in my heart to try.

I guess, I can start by at least praying for them. LOL, I can hear myself now, "God, please help X person stop being a back stabbing heifer. I am sure X person is unaware of how stupid she/he is ... and so forth." Okay, so that prayer may not work. Obviously, I will have to do better than that. I think I will start by asking God to come into my heart and help me let go of any ill feelings I have towards that person, even if I never speak to him/her or see him/her again. Maybe after that I can pray a better pray for X person.

Prayer: Lord, you know I want to be more like you. Please give me a forgiving heart. Allow me to find enough compassion to forgive those who have wronged me and grow to pray for their well being.

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