Matthew 5:44 ” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Some later manuscripts show this verse as saying, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.”  Either translation is a tall order to fill. For we are a people who retaliate at the slightest notion that we’ve been wronged.  Taking revenge and repaying evil with evil is touted and even celebrated in today’s social media.  But this verse tells us to do the very opposite.  And our example should be Jesus, who in I Peter 2:23 demonstrates, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate, when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead He entrusted Himself  to Him who judges justly.”  Taking the high road in the face of cruelty may be a clenched fist, gritted teeth type of  grace under pressure, but allowing God to fight your battle is worth it in the end.

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