Think of the one person on this planet whom you despise more than anyone else. Here’s what Jesus says we should do about people like that:
Pray for them.
What would happen if people actually took Jesus’ words seriously? Think we’d have less war? Fewer shootings in our neighborhoods?
Want more peace in the world? Let it start today with you. Ask God to crack the cement around your heart and to help you love the people you hate. And then pray for them.
Need more inspiration? Here are a few additional verses for your consideration:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28)
Do not repay anyone evil for evil … If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. (Romans 12:17, 20)
When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. (1 Corinthians 4:12-13)
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. (1 John 2:9-10).
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.