Loving Your Enemies

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," - Matthew 5:44

On December 21, 1974, Chris Carrier was in the fifth grade and walking home from school in North Miami Beach, Florida. An older man spotted Chris and tricked him into going into his motor home. The man stabbed Chris with an ice pick and drove him to a desolate spot where he shot the 10-year-old boy in the head from behind. For six days, Chris lay unconscious. He awoke the day after Christmas and was rescued by a farmer. He never regained sight in his left eye. Chris became a Christian and in 1996 he was a youth pastor at Granada Presbyterian Church in North Miami. Chris then heard that the older man who had attacked him, David McAllister, was in a nursing home. When Chris went to visit, and McAllister began to cry when he realized that this young man was the boy he had abandoned. "When he was asked what he did," Carrier said, "he sort of gasped and said, 'I left him there,' and began to cry. He said he was sorry, and I told him I forgave him and that from now on there would be nothing like anger or revenge between us, nothing except a new friendship."

Only Christ's love can teach us to love our enemies. Do you have any enemies? Today in prayer, pray for those who you consider your enemies and if possible go out of your way to show the Lord's love for them.

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?" - Abraham Lincoln

God's Word: "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you," - Luke 6:27

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2001, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN MATTHEW pkennedy@devotional.com

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