Love your enemies

Published on 09 Mar 2017
Olive branches against blue sky. Text: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:44

‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven.’

Matthew 5:44

My main enemy is the voice inside me, a nagging voice overdubbed with doubt, ego, fear and avoidance. I wonder if, after I manage to befriend this voice, I might be able to love all my other enemies. Or is this another of my self-centred preoccupations? Just do it, I think, as Jesus did. I will go to my enemies in their bastion of power and give myself to them. They will exploit me, use me, treat me like a number, persecute me, harm me, torture me, kill me. But can I see their needs? Their suffering? Can I see we are all children of the same loving creator. They are me. I am them. Why can’t we be brothers and sisters? I feel a glimmer of love for them. I feel a trace of God’s grace again, even though I am still afraid. Lord, stay by me.

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