"You have hear that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those that 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as you heavenly Father is perfect."
It is easy to get caught up in hating those that are not accepting and who persecute you for who you are. I know! I hate when others are just out right mean because they don't understand being a lesbian is not a choice that I woke up one day and decided to become. Yet Jesus says for us to love our enemies and pray for them.
This is a tall order, but I tell you if you do...great things can happen. It is easy to fight negative behavior with negative behavior, but that is not the way of the Lord. What good will it do?
Awhile back, I was at a church where a person came up to me and said "you don't belong here." I simply could have met that negative talk with some of my own. I wanted to say "like you do? Remember you will be judge based on how you judge others." Or some other cut down using scripture to do it. Yet, I walked away and let it go, saying a prayer for her. Now, she just lets me be and thank goodness is not at the church I go to.
I have found when I react to hate with anger, I am the one that looses! I loose peace, harmony in self, energy, time, and my connection with God. But if I stay calm, let them be where they are, pray for them, and love them even though I don't like their actions, I am that much closer to a connection of what Jesus was like when He walked this Earth.
Jesus asked for forgiveness on those that persecuted Him. He shows us how to love the unlovable all the way up to the cross. He never said a curse upon someone, instead Jesus showed compassion and love.
You may be saying, but I am not God. No, we aren't but we can strive to be more God like. Praying not only for the person who is persecuting us, but also praying that we are loving in all we do. Letting God take care of the negative heart and letting our serenity not be stolen away.
May you love today all that pass by and pray a prayer of forgiveness and love on those that would rather cause you harm.