How Do I Love My Enemies?

If I am honest with myself, I know that continual conflicts and disagreements, like those that appear daily in public forums, are also close to my door, sometimes enter into our house, sneak into my heart, and may even escape out my mouth.

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6: 27-29, 35-36

I may reason that I do not have enemies, but do I make little things into big things and create enemies of friends? I’ve had such an instance to learn about “praying for my enemies.” I tried this with mixed results, probably because I was praying that my “enemy” would see it my way. But when I prayed in the spirit of this scripture, the “enemy” became a friend and the “conflict” became a misunderstanding of perspectives, allowing me to not only offer mercy but be filled with it.

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