JANUARY 28

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Matthew 5:43-47

“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 sons 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 brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even those who are not Christians do that?

Keti was more like an enemy than he was a neighbor. And I was commanded to love him, so I loved him in the Lord but didn’t like him.

When he returned to the village he arrived in a taxi at the junction to my house. His relative was with him and a hundred-pound bag of cement. After sending the relative to his house, Keti waited under the shade of the tree with the cement.

A couple hours later the relative arrived with Keti’s wife. Keti picked up the bag of cement and lifted it to his wife’s head. Then the two men carried nothing and walked home with Keti’s wife carrying the bag of cement on her head.

Sometimes it’s hard to love those enemies.

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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