While I was reading Psalm 34, I came across a verse that struck me:
Taste and see that the LORD is good. (Psalm 34:8)
And, I felt the Spirit say, “What a good thing to pray for your enemies!” And, yes, yes it REALLY is! Coming from the following premise, this is the Lord’s genius at work:
- They are His children, too, just as we are. He cares for them as He does us. It is not His will that anyone should perish, but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
The way I understood it is if they had a taste of His goodness, they would want more of Him. Makes sense, right? You’ve been in the kitchen and someone offered you a taste of something that whet your appetite. You couldn’t wait to sit down and enjoy a whole plate of it. And, once you get that plate, when something is really good, you want seconds, maybe even thirds. God’s goodness makes you want to pull your chair up directly to the buffet! And, as stewards of the faith, you should want them to become part of the Kingdom! And when they are part of the Kingdom, they can’t keep on treating you the way they do.
So, pray that they get a taste. It’s not that they are being rewarded for their treatment of you. No, instead, it’s like positive reinforcement for doing good things. You pray for a taste in another area of their life that will entice them away from the wickedness. So that they can
depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
Love thy neighbor. Pray for your enemies and be blessed. And if you will read the entire Psalm like it is my hope and prayer that you do, dear reader; you will see that He has got you covered.
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