Love all

bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28 NIV

This is a hard topic for most of us out there. It can be incredibly difficult to love and uplift someone who is unkind to us, let alone pray for them. I desperately want to be this way however and have to pray for God to touch my heart quite often. It’s natural for most to lash back saying something mean or doing something to pay that person back. God is asking us to do the opposite by loving and praying for those people. He even gave us the perfect example of how we should go about it. Jesus was ridiculed, beaten, spit on, and crucified on a cross. He died for our sins so that we could have eternal life and He prayed for all those who had persecuted Him along the way. Can we or do we possess that kind of power and courage? The answer is YES! God can give us the power to be stronger than we give ourselves credit for. If you are struggling with a bully at school or work, a stranger who approached you that is having a bad day or someone in your family who is causing problems, PRAY! Let’s pray together.” Heavenly Father I’d like to pray this morning for strength to pray for others, for the heart that you have and mind that you have for those out there who are lost and broken, full of anger and rage. We know that the devil is trying to consume them and are in need of your love and compassion. Help them to see you through us. Tell us how to best pray for them Lord and show us how we can love them more as you have shown us through your death on the cross. Please forgive them for their sins and trespasses. In Jesus name amen!”

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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