Romans twelve, fourteen

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Am I the only one who has no clue how to do this? How do we pray for people who hate us? How do we bless somebody who wants the worst for us? How do we seriously hope and pray that God will bless them?

We have some great opportunities to practice this in our modern world in a more “detached” manner. As Americans, praying for those who hate us, who attack us, who burn our flag, who have nothing but venom in their words when they speak of us… and then, if God blesses them, it’s because we prayed for them.

God, our hearts are too hard against those who hate us. Soften us, mold us and shape us so that we might be like your Son, who, rather than cursing those who nailed him to the cross, prayed, in the midst of his suffering and pain, that you would forgive them and heal them. Help us to share his heart.

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