Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Love Your Enemies

Reasons to love your enemies

God commands us to love.

Here are some key Scriptures (Bible verses) on loving your enemies:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34).

But I tell you who hear me: 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).

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14).

We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it. (1 Corinthians 4:12).

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9).

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. (1 John 2:9-10).

Lately, I’ve been going through blog comments, such as Mark’s and Dani’s. These two people have been saying a lot of judgmental things about me. When asked by Sandalina, which “Eminem” song Dani was going to use while sitting next to God, sending me to hell on judgment day, Dani said this:

“But to answer your question: Probably Eminem's song "Rain Man" or any of the other ones about PERVERSION !
Here are some lyrics:
“Now in the Bible it says
Thou shalt not watch two lesbians in bed,
Have homosexual sex
Unless of course you were given the consent to join in
Then of course, it's intercourse
And it's bi-sexual sex
Which isn't as bad, as long as you show some remorse for your actions
Either before, during or after performing the act of that which
Is normally referred to have such, more commonly known phrases
That are more used by today's kids
In a more derogatory way but
Who's to say, what's fair to say, and what not to say?”
Seems as though even a godless heathen like Eminem knows more about the Bible than lesbo Deb does.”

So she thinks it's okay to be bi-sexual, but loving someone monogmously isn't. Pretty interesting, huh?

My post is simple today. I’m going to pray publicly for Dani. She has chastised me for over a year about being with my partner, when in fact, in her past, she used to be a lesbian herself. In my opinion, she should have more of an understanding of what it’s like to be homosexual. She’s an ‘ex-lesbian’.

If you can all please pray with me for her today…

Lord, please bless Dani today. Please let your love pour into her heart, as she recognizes the true meaning of unconditional love. Let her find peace and happiness. Let her find the peace that you give- and not as the world does. Soften her heart and make her strong in your faith. Brighten her life with love and laughter. Show her the works that you’ve done, Lord, the way you’ve treated people when you were once here on this earth. Give her wisdom and understanding before she opens up your book and reads about you. Talk to her. Send her your message. Send her your love. Send her peace. Let her life be incredible. Give her a burst of happiness- starting today.

In closing Lord, please give her great health, prosperity and most of all, the love that comes from only you. Bless her children, her husband as well as her relatives.

I ask this in Jesus’ name.

I ask if everyone who has faith in God can say a prayer for Dani as well as Mark, so that they'll continue to love one another, instead of bashing one another.