Love Your Enemies

A Christian Response to ISIS

“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,”
Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

Really?

Love Your Enemies

But They Want To Kill Us

In other words, is it possible that while we are called act in loving ways, and and to have our hearts set on love for everyone, that the very people we’re supposed to love will want to kill us? Of course it does.

I’m Afraid

It’s a frightening premise. However, it doesn’t matter. God says, “Be strong and courageous,” “Don’t be afraid,” “Have courage,” in the face of frightening people and situations. Love them anyway.

How to Pray

Pray for their well-being, health, food, shelter. Pray for their new homes. Pray for their families, and friends. Pray for them to meet people who will be loving to them. Pray for them to know Jesus. Pray for the state of your own heart. Pray for God’s Kingdom to expand. Pray for mercy. Pray for love. Pray for kindness.

Brian Atkinson

Brian is an international and inspirational speaker, consultant, and voice artist. Brian has served as the Director of Digital Communications at American Bible Society, and the Director of Digital Media at The Bible Gateway (Gospel Communications International). He has worked as a communications director, technology manager, church-planter, radio announcer, welder, and ice cream man. He has a lot of t-shirts.

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