But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

I want to pray that he gets hit by a bus, does that count??

He is just a kid. At 20, the world says he's an adult, but he's just a kid. He wasn't raised well. He calls himself Wiccan. I could probably feel sorry for him, pray for him, even - gulp - love him if my daughter hadn't chose this one to run off with.

Ephesians 6:12 says "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." If you are mad at a person, you are fighting the wrong enemy! DRAT!!

The Word is full of Scripture that tells me that God will handle my enemies and my job is to love. {sigh} For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." Hebrews 10:30

"In you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Psalm 25:2"

So - Here's the outline:

1) There is someone in my world that is causing me grief. He is the cause of pain and I want him gone.

2) This person is not the source of my pain, he is the vessel. The source is the Enemy.

3) God is my protector and my avenger. He will smite the source..I will pray for the vessel.

4) I will trust in my Lord to heal the pain, stop the source and put me on higher ground.

Back to Matthew 5:44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who insult you and persecute you.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

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