Matthew 5:44 “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”
The first account of prayer that the Bible records in the ministry of Jesus is seen in the Scripture above where He teaches that we ought to 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 speaks volume. The only way this is possible for a person is if they possess the God nature. Only by the love of God are we able to love enemies, forgive, bless and pray for those who have violated us. This is very much like God, because He loved us first (1Jn.4:19), and while we were in sin, eternal enemies of God, yet He sent His Son that we may be reconciled with Him (Rom.5:8). Romans 5:5 reveals that the love of God has been poured into our hearts. So we are able to do what Jesus commanded in His teaching above. In preparing for this exercise, I will ask that you read the related posts below.
One of the things that I have learned is that when we are obedient to God’s command, there is a blessing that follows (Deut.28:1). Jesus taught this in Matt.7:24-28 about the person who hears and does what He teaches will be like a man who built His house upon the rock, and was able to withstand the harsh pressures of life.
Meditate on Matthew 5:44, and let that be a part of you. So when you see someone who proclaims themselves an enemy of yours, your thought should be to respond in love. Love gives, love prefers another, love is willing to help, love is not rude etc. When you are cursed, your response should be to speak a blessing. When you know you are hated, spend time figuring out how you can do the person good. When you feel used and persecuted, spend time in prayer for them. Ask God to bless them, ask God for His grace and mercy upon them, ask God to help them. Proverbs 25:22 reveals that “in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you”
Scripture to Meditate: Rom.12:19-20, Lev.19:18, Prov.20:22, Eph.4:27