You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44, NIV
I can’t say that I have any enemies. But I’m sure there are some people who don’t like me. And I know there are some people that I find hard to like. Chances are, I’m not the only one who feels this way.
As Christians, how does God want us to treat these people? According to God’s Word, we should:
- Love them. Always remember, each person was created in the image of God and has an eternal destiny.
- Pray for them.
- Look for ways to meet their needs in practical ways.
Perhaps the way we behave with those difficult people in our lives will be what God uses to turn their hearts to Him. Perhaps an enemy can even become a friend.
Father, You loved me and Jesus died for me even when I was Your enemy. You are love and You give abundant grace to me every minute of the day. Help me imitate You and show love and grace to those I find hard to like. Fill me with love for them. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray, Amen.
Copyright Linda Livingston.
Linda is a member and teaches talented and gifted elementary students in Gilbert, Iowa.