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I’m continuing to read in Matthew.  I picked up today at 5:43 and if we thought 38 through 42 was heavy, we are about to see Heavier.

Matthew 5:43“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’    44“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Why?  Why love them?  And even more than why, how? Why and how can I pray for someone who is persecuting me?  They surely don’t deserve it – do they? Would those be familiar questions?  Want the answer?

45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven;

We are not called to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors because they deserve it.  We are called to love and pray for them because GOD said so.  How many times have we answered our son or daughter’s why with ‘because I said so.’?

And beyond that, ABBA knows if we resist and refuse to love our enemies, and refuse to pray for our persecutors, such disobedience will destroy us.  Not them, but us! But we don’t really believe that, do we?  We don’t really believe that hating them is hurting us.  In fact  sometimes we think it even feels ‘good’ to hate them, don’t we?

But there’s more.

Romans 8: (New American Standard Bible) 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

Having been birthed into the Family of God, having become His Sons and Daughters, more than anything else in life, more important than anything else we do —  we must be conformed to the image of JESUS.  And who did JESUS intercede for on the cross?  And what did He pray?  What did He pray for the very ones who were crucifying Him?  Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.  (See Luke 23:34)

So, we got the Why.  Now for the How.  How can I forgive them?  How can I pray for them?

And the answer: We can believe God.

Philippians 4: (New International Version) 13I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength.

It’s as simple as this: When we really believe, we act on it!

ABBA, I didn’t know Matthew was such a heavy book.  But  it is  TRUTH and it’s worthy to be read, believed and obeyed.  I pray we all will believe and obey.

I pray for our IDOK Troops.  Please keep them safe and protected and bring them home safe and sound.

And I pray for each  on our list for prayer – You know each need.  And I pray for each of our IDOKS and Readers, asking for peace and comfort.  And, ABBA, for JoAnn, I can only ask Your Will be done and for peace and comfort for all those who love her.   You know the cares and concerns of all our hearts; line our hearts up with Yours, ABBA, and all will be well in JESUS NAME.  Amen and amen.

45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  46“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  48“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.