Pastor Mark Pagley
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. - Matthew 5:43-48
Today, Pastor Mark Pagley helps us understand one of Jesus’ most radical teachings in the Sermon on the Mount: “But I tell you to love your enemies.” He also reminds us that Jesus never commands us to do something that He also hasn’t equipped us to do. That includes praying for and loving people who persecute you, and praying for and loving people who you may think are your enemies.
Question: When was the last time you prayed for your enemy? This may be someone you know or maybe even someone you don't know but you just don’t like—at all!
Family Chat: Today’s Question and Take Action are great to walk through together as a family.
Take Action: Spend some time today praying specifically for people you don’t like, people who hate you, and people you don’t agree with.