“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
~Matthew 5:44

I often wonder what Jesus would do if He were walking the Earth today. I don’t have to wonder for too long because His words show us His heart. I know that He wouldn’t be replying to people’s social media posts with angry or defiant comments. He’d be praying for those who were against Him. He’d be bathing them with love. That’s what He told us we should be doing, too. His words are hard to swallow, I know. Out natural instinct is to lock the door and keep out those people who disturb us in some way. We want them to stay “over there.” We argue and fight with them when we have to be confronted by their beliefs or actions. But what if we tried to live by the words in red? What if we did our best to love our enemies and to pray for them? What would happen to our hearts? What would happen to our bodies? My hunch is that we’d know more peace and health.

Love heals all wounds. It heals all hearts and souls, as well. It heals families and friendships. It heals broken workplaces and communities. It heals divided nations. It can heal the whole world. It starts with ourselves. We must do as Jesus told us to do. We must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. He told us that to love is the greatest commandment, so why are we so often ignoring it?

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