Charles Stanley (October-25-2020) Daily Devotion: Loving Your Enemies.
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
After preaching the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us to love and pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:44 - But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,). But that can feel like an impossible task: Why are evil, broken people—especially those who harm blameless believers for professing faith—deserving of our prayers?
Nonetheless, we should be encouraged to pray, knowing that both Jesus and Stephen did so for the people who caused their deaths (Luke 23:34 - But Jesus was saying, Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.; Acts 7:60 - Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he fell asleep.). Think of their words as a reminder that even persecutors are created and known by a God who loves them just as much as He loves us. Remember, the Lord can radically and miraculously change the heart of anyone, even someone who seeks to wound His church.
Think About It
- Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). How can we do that in today’s world?' 27 But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
- Are you able to consider those who persecute Christians as people God loves?