"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous . . .
I subscribe to a daily post hosted my former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, called Godfruits. Everyday, I know I can open this gift and find Biblical encouragement, good news videos and stories, and vital inspiration for my daily faith walk. It has been both boon and blessing to me in a myriad of ways.
So, today, instead of sharing my own reflections with you, I choose to offer this commentary from Godfruits as a "guest post." I hope you will read and be inspired!
An Armenian nurse had been held captive along with her brother by the Turks. Her brother was slain by a Turkish soldier before her eyes. Somehow, she escaped and, later, became a nurse in a military hospital.
One day, she was stunned to find that the same man who had killed her brother had been captured and brought, wounded, to the hospital where she worked. Something within her cried out, "Vengeance!" But, a stronger voice called for her to love. She nursed the man back to health.
Finally, the recuperating soldier asked her, "Why didn't you let me die?"
Her answer was, "I am a follower of Him who said, 'Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.'
Impressed with her answer, the young soldier replied, "I never heard such words before. Tell me more. I want this kind of religion."
Is this the kind of religion you want, too?
Will you pray with me?
Father, how can we ever thank You enough for sending Your precious Son, Christ Jesus, to teach us the power of love and forgiveness? May the lesson taught to us by this devoted nurse help us to search our hearts and souls, and to forgive readily with humble and grateful hearts. Help us to forgive others as Jesus forgave us. Amen.