Most of us have people in our lives whom we do not like or who do not like us. Enemies are those toward whom we feel hostile and who sometimes feel hostile toward us. Often our enemy can be within our own family, just like it was for Cain. Through the question “Where is your brother?” God invites us to recognize that we have a responsibility toward that person. We take our first step in choosing to acknowledge this when we begin to see our enemy as our brother or sister.
—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)
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“But I say to you who are willing to hear: 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 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me hear what you are asking of me.
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