“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?” Matthew 43-46
For most of us, this seems like a tall order. How can one love their enemies- especially those that go out of their way to persecute you? Yet that is what Jesus did, and that is what God has commanded us to do as well.
In our next issue, we will discuss the meaning of this scripture and its application. You will note, however, that there is no line that says “hate starts here”. The scripture boldly states that we should love our enemies and those who persecute us. We will also discuss the why of this question: Why should we love those that make our lives miserable. This scripture applies to those who experience bullying as well.
Terri Bell will take you through this scriptural journey and into your reward at the end in our next issue coming out on November 28th.
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