“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
I’m not sure I have enemies. I’m not sure that the majority of us have enemies. There are people we fight with (friends and family), people we don’t get along with (acquaintances from work or school), but enemies? What about a broader sense of enemy: those who hate your country or your beliefs, so you automatically become persona non grata. That’s their hate, not yours, but it still doesn’t preclude you from praying for them.
Come to think of it, I do a lot of praying for the Church leaders and the government, for military and missionaries, but I don’t think I’ve said one prayer for ISIS or for terrorists. Maybe I should. It’s definitely something I’m going to try.
Now let’s bring it back closer to home. How can you help those who, for whatever reason, don’t get along with you (or you don’t get along with)?
- Show love (by being interested in their lives—people will really open up if you ask a few questions or bring them cookies. Cookies make everything better).
- Pray for them (as discussed).
- Stand up for others (these three are mentioned in the mormon.org post with a link in the quote).
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
- Pray for a softened heart (on your end).
- Be willing to humble yourself and apologize (I know it can be hard).
- And just love them. Love is so easy. Hate is hard.
I know that you all are struggling with your own stuff, but you’re reading this right now because you want to Light the World. Start by lighting the dark places within. It will catch fire, I promise.