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Love Your Enemies and Do Good to Them?

October 3, 2012

“I once talked with a man who had spent nearly three years in a concentration camp for prisoners of war. During his confinement he resolved to learn the meaning of our Lord’s strange command to ‘love your enemies and do good to them who despitefully use you.’ His time in prison provided him with a unique opportunity to test whether the Spirit could forge character of that quality in the hot fires of persecution. And He did. My friend reported that he learned to care genuinely for the welfare of his persecutors.

How can we develop character like that? Most of us cannot manage to love a Christian brother who talks too much, let alone an enemy captor who beats us mercilessly. Yet, if we are to become real encouragers in the body of Christ, we must be strong enough to remain committed to minister to others even when our desires go badly unmet.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Encouragement, Page 56

Questions for Reflection:
Can you answer Dr. Crabb’s previous question: How can we develop character like his friend?
What prevents you from remaining “committed to minister to others”?

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