Love your enemies to death.
Seeing the way God the Father responded to Judas’ act of betrayal makes me doubt the notion that Judas was well-intentioned. If he thought he was doing Jesus a good turn, why did he take the bribe?
I don’t really have any personal enemies (I guess you could say I’m my own worst enemy so maybe I should pray for myself, which I already do). There are political enemies and maybe religious enemies. I suppose I could pray for those more but they would mostly be in sense of praying they would repent and be saved.
I will be forever grateful that my fourth grade teacher had our class memorize this little poem:
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flaut
______________ drew a circle that shut me out,
but love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took ___________ in.
I have said this little poem to myself many times over the last fifty years when I’ve come across people who are mean and spiteful and who have ill will toward me. A long time ago, I reckoned that it was close to praying for the person because, invariably, the mean-spiritedness changed to good will.
And yes, I pray for people who, although I wouldn’t call them enemies, they don’t seem to have my best interests at heart either.
— Jane Reinheimer
If we profess to be Christians, or Christ-like, then we must obey His command to love our enemies that He set the example for; He loved us even though we were His enemies before we came to know Him as our Savior.
Note to Jason: You can’t love your enemies without the help of God, because He is the strength needed to do so. Pray for Him to give you the love for your enemies and you just be the conduit.