We are God’s children, and it is our first responsibility to love everyone. We become God’s own people when we accept Jesus and follow his commands. Now we must extend his kingdom by showing his love and forgiveness to everyone.
Jesus also teaches that we should pray for our enemies because they are unaware of what they are doing. If we respond to them in the same manner that they respond to us, we will have no relationship with our heavenly father.
We must pray for them so that they may receive God’s kindness and grace, which we have received. While being tormented and hanging on the cross before his death, Jesus also forgave and prayed for his adversaries.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we must emulate this kind of behavior in order to receive God’s incredible love and blessings in our lives.
Let us read the following scriptures that will help us to pray for our enemies when we find it difficult to do so.
Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
1 Peter 3:9 “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
Acts 7:60 “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Luke 6:35 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.”
Mark 11:25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Romans 12:20-21 “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Proverbs 20:22 “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.”
Luke 6:36 “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Luke 6:28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
Proverbs 24:17-20 “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked: For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.”