Love your enemy, pray for those who persecute you.
In the wake of yet another terror attack the calls for pray go forth. Prayers for the victims. Prayers for their families. Prayers for their countries. Prayers for their soldiers and policemen and first-responders. Lost in the mix (purposefully or unpurposefully) are the prayers for our enemies. The terrorists. The aggressors. Those workers of violence. And yet Jesus has called for his followers to pray for them too.
In his fifth chapter, Matthew records that Jesus spoke these words, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbors and hate your enemy.’ 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…
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