learning to love my enemies

love your enemies

It is easy to love people who are kind and love you back but what do you do when you run across someone who truly has intentions of hurting or destroying you?  How does a person deal with that?  In my scripture study I ran across a scripture that helped me with this very thing in the past:

in Matthew 5:44 we read: But I say unto you, Love your enemiesbless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

I remember when I was in high school there was a girl who was really mean to me.  In Seminary we were learning about the scripture above in Matthew where it says to pray for those who despitefully use you.  I decided to try this with the girl who was unkind to me.  At first, I just prayed that she would have a good day so that she wouldn’t be mean to me but as I made an effort to befriend her and love her I found it easier to pray for her well being with no ulterior motive.  She in turn started treating me better as well.

In my job right now, I have a co-worker that is doing everything in her power to destroy me as far as my job is concerned.  Maybe if I do what I did as a teenager will work for me in this situation as well.

Today I am going to set a new goal to pray for those who are unkind to me.  To do little deeds for this girl and to go out of my way to be friendly and helpful to her at work.  She has gone down to only 2 days a week, which in a lot of ways is comforting to me to knwo that I don’t have to deal with her on a daily basis but I need to somehow learn to love her so that I cn follow what the scripture says and love my enemies