Love your enemies.
Easier said than done for this girl. I have come to the realization I cannot love my enemies on my own.
Yesterday we looked at what God says about this subject. God says we are to love our enemies. Period.
With this, the “rule follower” in me comes out. I want to do what God asks me to do, but how?
How do I love my enemies?
I find it’s no accident I’m writing this post today.
For the last five days, every single day, a specific person has been “popping” into my mind. This someone really hurt me. This someone also hurt my friend, and said some pretty awful things to her face. I don’t think I’ve ever heard words so hurtful. Ever. They continue to ring loudly in my ears, even though they were spoken some time ago.
Will I ever forget them???
I thought I had forgiven this person (even in the absence of an apology). But the thoughts I’ve had these last five days indicate I still have some work to do.
Yesterday I prayed specifically for this person. I prayed God would soften my heart towards this “enemy.” I prayed God would help me forgive where I haven’t forgiven.
Because I can’t do it on my own.
Praying for our enemies invites God to be involved. It softens our hearts and attitudes toward our enemies, and the healing of hearts and relationships begins to take place because God is involved.
It’s hard to stay hurt, angry, and hateful toward our enemy when we’re praying for him/her.
Besides praying for our enemies, what else can we do?
What do you do to love your enemies?
A couple more ideas…
Do something kind for them.
What is something you and I can do to bless our enemy? What practical way can we love them?
A meal? A anonymous gift of money? A ride somewhere?
Another helpful thing to do… instead of recalling the bad, the negative, the hurt that you’ve associated with this person, think of the good. Recall the good things this person has done. The kind things they’ve said. The positive and uplifting things. And if you can’t think of any, ask God to show you.
Maybe the change in heart might be in my own. And that’s always a good thing.
Pray. Bless. Recall the good.
Not the easiest steps to take in loving our enemies, but the most necessary for healing to take place.
How do you love your enemies? Do you struggle with this too? Would you share your thoughts below to encourage another?
I’m thankful we can be real here together. I’m thankful we can share without judgment of one another. Friend, it’s good to know you’re here.
God bless you as you love your enemies today.
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