Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 6th, 2020

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)

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Love Your Enemies

Canada operated prison camps for 34,000 combatant German prisoners of war during the Second World War. In 1942, after the Allied defeat of German forces in North Africa, 10,000 German POWs were shipped from Cairo, Egypt, to New York, transferred to the Canadian Pacific Railway and moved to Ozada camp on the Alberta prairie. Prisoners were sheltered temporarily under canvas until two large camps were built at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. In time, these two camps held 12,500 prisoners each. Smaller camps housed POWs in other provinces.

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It is the easiest thing in the world to love those who love us. It doesn’t take any effort, and it brings us great joy. But how do we respond to those who don’t love us, and who continually show their feelings toward us through unkind acts and cutting words? Jesus gives us this instruction in Matthew 5:43-45: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” We are called to respond to our enemies and persecutors with love and prayer. I have seen so many Christians living under severe persecution respond as Jesus calls us to. They pray for those who persecute them and as they do, God gives them a deep love for their enemies. The secret is prayer. As we pray, God changes our hearts and helps us to see others as He sees them – people who need the Lord. Pray today for those you find hard to love.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley