Some people are mean-spirited. Some have an hardened heart. Some hate you simply because you’re there. Pray for them.
Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies, which may seem like a tall order but if that’s not hard enough, read what our Lord says in Matthew 5:44–47: “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is 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? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”
Do you have enemies? If you do, do you love them? And if you do — where’s the proof?
Build up and do good. Remember that you’re made in the image of God, that you’re a beloved child of God, but so is the person you like the least. Indeed, I’ve heard it said that your love of Christ is only as strong and as deep as the person you love the least. If that’s true, it’s quite the wake-up call. “Love your enemies” Jesus says. Love them. — Fr. Robert Bengry
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