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Mark 11:24-25; Matthew 5:43-48

It doesn't come naturally. Jesus tells us to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44.) Have you ever tried to put this verse into practice?

Quite a few years and jobs ago I worked with a person who didn't particularly like me. As time went on it really started to bug me and I found myself not liking this person much. Then my pastor preached on Matthew 5, and I decided to give it a try with this person. Now I have to be honest, I wasn't overjoyed or excited to do this and I wasn't even sure how or what to pray for. But I ended up praying for this person's marriage and family, for our working relationship and that I could somehow be a godly example. Now I was expecting something to happen and it sure did. Just not quite like I thought. God showed me that I needed a heart adjustment where this person was concerned. (I love how God works.)

So in addition to getting our own hearts and attitudes in order, what are some other benefits of praying for and forgiving someone who we consider an adversary?
Tami

P.S. If you have any examples or experiences in this area, we'd love to hear about them.

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Godly, God-pleasing living is so contrary to this world.

I try to live by the advise found in Romans 12:19,20,21 "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good"

Most expect you to retaliate in some way or at least argue back. And when you don't; it's not only pleasing to the Lord, but a good witness as well!

In addition to the benefit to ourselves, prayer and forgiveness always benefits the other person for the better, too. There's mutual gain to be had for loving, praying for, and forgiving anyone.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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