WHO do you want me to love??

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Posted by Katie

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This may come as a shock to you, but I love praying for my enemies.

No, really! Jesus really knew what he was talking about (doesn’t he always?) when he said, “…pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). I get a lot of peace for praying so purposefully…

Lord, please help them to see the error of their ways…
…Lord, please help them to have compassion…
…Lord, please help them to quit giving me grief…

See? That wasn’t so hard.

It’s the first part of Matthew 5:44, however, that makes me shiver.

LOVE your enemies.

That’s the zinger that prompts me to spout eloquent responses such as,
“Um…come again?”
When I hear “love your enemies” I find myself immediately trying to define some weaseling-out parameters…

How MUCH do I have to love them, Lord?
What exactly does loving an enemy look like? You mean just be, at minimum, respectful…right Lord?
Does it count as “loving” one’s enemy if one restrains from bopping them on the head?

Perhaps, not. Perhaps the answer must be “no” to all three of these pitiful questions because what if…what if Jesus was asking them? Surely Jesus never asked his Dad how much he was required to love us?

And I suppose, if HE didn’t ask, then neither should we. Love is love. You gotta be all in. Love is patient, kind, holds no record of wrongs…yadda yadda. (1 Corinthians 13)

Rats. (I know).

Looks like we better be praying for more than our enemies. We might throw ourselves in there too, that we may learn how to love like Jesus did…so that “we may be children of our Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:45).

Like Father, like daughter/son, right?

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