From the Upper Room. I liked this one and had saved it to my computer and I think it is worth sharing with everyone.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
– Matthew 5:43-44 (NRSV)
Although I had been a schoolteacher at a rural school for a long time, one day I found myself in a predicament. Part of the faculty thought the school board was right when they fired a member of the faculty. But some, like me, felt he shouldn’t have been dismissed. Battle lines were drawn, and people on both sides were on edge. Many citizens of the community stopped talking to their old friends. I dreaded going to work.
Then I began to read the Bible more and realized that God didn’t want us to take sides and to be angry with each other. When I prayed that both groups would get along, I was amazed how my feelings changed. Over a period of time, I found that I couldn’t remain angry at someone I was praying for. So, I prayed for all involved, especially those with whom I differed. My concern spilled over until I wanted only the best for them.
As I continued to pray for the welfare of everybody involved, my tense feelings disappeared. Peace came into my heart. Soon my old friendships were alive once more.