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Hello Praise Family! Here is an awesome article from The Bottled Tears in Heaven Christian Blog about how to love somebody that doesn’t even like you! Enjoy

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How To Love Your Enemies

By Min. Serlenia W.

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:43-44 NLT)

When I first heard the above Scripture, my verbal response was, “Jesus, You say to do what?! And then, do what else?!” While at the same time, my physical response was to coil up and draw my limbs into my body like a frightened turtle. If others were to admit it, I’m sure their initial response was pretty much the same. These are some of the hardest things Jesus ever told us to do. Think about it … As He was hanging from the cross, with nails piercing His flesh that were put there by His enemies (whom He loved), Jesus never could not have said …

“… Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34a NLT)

if He had not practiced what He preached.

Some might think that loving our enemies should get easier as we age; but that isn’t necessarily so! In some instances, forgiveness might be hardest in the senior stages of our lives. Someone may have caused something in your life to fail (maybe a relationship or a financial opportunity) that now, at your age and stage, there is no possibility of recovery. You may not be able to even think about this person, let alone pray for them, without a spike in your blood pressure. So, the question looms … “LORD GOD, how do I do this? How do I forgive this particular person?”

Start the process by remembering how much God loved you when you were living your life in such a way that He could not truly call you a friend of His. Reflect on all the times when you directly sinned against Him. And then, remember that He loved you enough to die for you and draw you to Himself with the unbreakable cords of love (Romans 5:10). You may think to yourself, “Yes. But, He is Jesus.” This is true. But, go ahead and take the risk. In obedience to your Savior, try your best to love your enemies. You can do it because Jesus lives in you, and has equipped you by the power of the Holy Spirit to do all things (Phil.4:13).

To read the rest of the article go to: http://bottledtearsinheaven.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/how-to-love-your-enemies/

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