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Six Reasons to Pray for Our Enemies

Updated on May 9, 2016
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

In the Enemy's Stranglehold

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If we think of life as a game, our enemies are those people who intentionally try to prevent us from winning. Some of their vicious deeds include fighting us, pushing us face down, robbing us, misleading us and misrepresenting us—all done with an obvious animosity. Praying for them is not our instinctive response, especially when we feel their stranglehold.

What a surprise then to hear Jesus, in His illustrious Sermon on the Mount, tell the crowd to “pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6: 28)*. Various versions describe these people as those who hurt, mistreat, abuse, insult, revile, accuse falsely and calumniate—meaning, injure our reputation.

Before we rush off assuming that we would rather not deal with the troublemakers, be assured that there is a place for enemies in everyone’s life. See why praying for them can enhance our character growth even in their presence.


(1) It's the Benevolent Thing to Do

We can respond to the misdeeds of our enemies with our own evil deeds; we would only enlarge the hostility field around us. On the other hand, we can continue to strive for excellence in character despite their attacks on us. Praying for them seems like the most benevolent act on our part which would benefit us and them.

  • And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same (Luke 6:33).

Instead of nurturing bitterness in our minds toward them, we can speak blessings on them in our prayers. We can pray that God’s goodness in their lives become their focus, and their reason to share goodness instead of hate. Our benevolence enables our strength to survive and disables their ability to distract us.


(2) It Improves Our Attitude

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When tackling any kind of problem involving another person, it is wise to pray for ourselves first. In this situation, we can pray for a divine perspective to replace the human judgments we have already made about our enemies.

  • Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (Colossians 3:12).

One of my former friends turned into an enemy without my awareness. For about ten days, there was no response to my text messages or phone calls. When a mutual friend told me that my former friend called me an enemy and said negative things about me, I accepted the reality that we were enemies.

After a few weeks, she sent me a text message which I read with an enemy’s attitude, but I prayed that God would influence my response. The next day, with a new attitude, I read the same message and understood it quite differently; it appeared that she also had a change of attitude. We soon benefited from a cordial conversation.

Had we not experienced changes in our attitudes, we would continue to burden ourselves with negative thoughts about each other. We do not have as close a friendship as we did before, but we are hostility-free.


(3) It Cancels Resentment

Resentment towards an enemy is understandable; but considering how it can enslave our spirit and sabotage our health--spiritual, mental and emotional health, it pays to pray that damaging feeling away. Prayer can make the following counsel become practical in our dealings with our enemies:

  • Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:31,32).

It may seem difficult to forgive our enemies, but our prayers for spiritual strength to offer genuine forgiveness will enable us to live comfortably and without ill-feeling toward them.

(4) It Helps Transform Our Enemies

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Without judging the enemy, we can conclude that anyone who intentionally wants to hurt another person needs some soul transformation. Lecturing, punishing, playing tit-for-tat may never produce the kind of transformation that the Apostle Paul prayed for:

  • We have not stopped praying for you . . . so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1: 9, 10).

The enemy’s bad conduct may be the symptom of misplaced aggression, guilt feelings, mental disorder or any other reason which qualifies him for help. There are many reports of changed lives as a result of intercession (praying for others). Intercession also develops caring and compassion in the pray-ers and may lead us to become agents for practical and professional help on behalf of individuals seeking transformation.


(5) It Removes Desire for Personal Revenge

Some evil deeds of our enemies deserve to be punished, and we readily think we know the appropriate punishment. However, the text of Romans 12:19 counsels:

  • Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

We can visualize the enemy's target finding refuge in God’s bosom. He rocks and comforts the individual saying, “Don’t worry, darling. You don’t even have to think of punishing your enemy; I can do that more effectively than you.”

Since God knows best and always has a purpose for what He does, we can pray for the enemy that he seeks divine strength to endure the discipline, and that he learns from it. We can even pray for the opportunity to help him hold up while he is hurting. Wise people benefit from discipline, and one benefit for the enemy might be that he learns to treat others with the kindness he wants for himself.

One benefit for us might be that we learn from his experience.


How have you usually responded to attacks from your enemies?

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(6) It Produces Inner Peace

Nothing we do for our enemies might bring the results we anticipate. We cannot control their responses to our prayers or to God’s blessings on them. However, because we nurture thoughts of peace and harmony toward them, their actions will not cause anxieties or restlessness within us.

  • Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble (Psalm 119:165).

If we continue to listen and obey our God-given instruction on repaying evil with good, we will continue to pray for our enemies and enjoy a clear conscience. We can rest in the assurance Jesus offers: "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


*All Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.


© 2016 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Oztinato 11 months ago from Australia

      Yes we need to pray for our enemies. I look at it this way: we forgive a snake for biting but we don't go and pick it up. That is, we need to pray from a long distance.

      Another reason to "pray" or be concerned about them is that we have God's protection and such enemies might bring some bad karma onto their own heads.

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      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      Very nice message my friend and blessings on this Mother's Day. whonu

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Oztinato, thanks for your sharing your valuable views on this topic. Your comment is a good addition to the article.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Whonu. I appreciate the comment and the blessings!

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      Harish Mamgain 11 months ago from India

      Very nice stuff to ponder and act to be in tune with peace !

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      Harish Mamgain 11 months ago from India

      Hello MsDora ! This is a nice stuff to ponder and act to remain in tune with peace. Animosities are detrimental to physical and mental health. I loved going through this great hub. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

      This is such a hard one! It may be easy to pray for them from afar but someone really at us hurting us it would almost take a saint, wouldn't it? It would not be possible I would say without love and guidance from the Word.

      You should form a book Dora for all these great topic that give us so much food for thought.

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Mother's Day, MsDora!

      This is often so hard when we are under attack by our enemies, and even more so, when we do not know exactly who are our enemies, but when we do ask the Lord God to bless our enemies, it is so powerful in the heavenly realm!

      I am mindful to put this into practice in my daily life, and the results are as you have so wisely informed here. In doing so, we allow God to take control and work miracles in our lives.

      God bless you

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      Shaloo Walia 11 months ago

      A beautiful message! Harboring resentment and revenge harms only us.

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      Mary Wickison 11 months ago from Brazil

      It pains me when I see people who are consumed with hate for another person and can't find peace for themselves. If they could learn that praying for that other person would help them, they would be much happier.

      Often the enemy can be close to us which makes the hurt even worse.

      A wonderful reminder for those who may be hurting, especially on this Mother's Day.

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful message. It sure is hard to feel bad when praying for someone else. I now wonder what it would be like without it. Probably just sad.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, Dora, and I'm very grateful for this fact, I don't have any enemies. Perhaps when I was younger, but I've mellowed considerably over the years. I love your reasons to pray for them...and Happy Mother's Day!

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      This was a wonderful hub, MsDora, and I loved the photos you selected too. It's hard sometimes to remember not to step in the way of karma. Things usually work out the way they're supposed to without giving karma a little push.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Harishprasad, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for underscoring that "animosities are detrimental to physical and mental health." That's one good reason to make peace with our enemies.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, I guess it comes with maturity, because it would be no problem for me to pray for my enemies near or far. Good doesn't take anything away from me to give to them, so I can always thank Him for blessing them. Thanks for your encouraging thoughts.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, Happy Mothers Day to you, too. I think that not knowing who our enemies are gives us a reason to pray a general prayer for whoever they might be. Pray that Gods distracts them with personal blessings so they won't have time to focus on harming us.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome back Swalia. Missed you for a while. You emphasized a good reason to pray for our enemies.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, thanks for your valuable input. Yes, praying for others make us happier. We're taking about our personal mental health. Hope you also enjoyed Mothers Day.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, we really can't hate an individual while praying for him or her. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, keep doing what you're doing. Thanks for sharing your experience of common sense and maturity. I have enjoyed the day so far, thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, thanks for your kind words. Divine guidance can lead us in the way we ought to go. We also have to believe the same for our enemies.

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just to let you know my sweet Dora, on this sunday you touched me with this and so I have given extra prayer to those who I may not agree with. Good job.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 11 months ago from Jamaica

      Hi MsDora, this is a wonderful hub on a very important theme. It's amazing, this morning I shared on the same theme in a church service that I was asked to speak. In fact, I used verses in Luke 6 and Ephesians 4:31 and 32 in my presentation.

      Thank you. Your post has reinforced concepts in my heart in an area that has become very important to me in the past months.

      Blessings,

      Yvette

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      Michael Milec 11 months ago

      Lovely photos, Ms.Dora. Way back while visiting native country with our young children, at my brother's place a cat was " playing" wit a mouse. Seeing it my six year old son asked " are the friends or are they enemies?" Minutes later the cat finished its meal...

      It's tough life out there; we have to be mindful of the " enemies." Often we might not even know who our enemies are. Perhaps for that reason our Lord have instructed His own to " love your enemies." That is easy, we love everybody, and to me quite simple, as my friend Bill already said I don't have enemy. So, loving " them" - everyone - life can be beautiful and as Paul suggests, we are to pray ceaselessly. ( I have many friends to pray for, and glory be to God, I do pray including for my friends on FB and HP.)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Dear Eric, I am so encouraged. You're all about sharing God's love, so this response is no surprise to me. Keep sweet yourself.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Doc, good to hear from. Thanks for your affirmation; I'm sure that your speech was a blessing to your listeners. I appreciate your feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, I always appreciate your comments. Thanks for the cat and mouse illustration; without God's help our enemies may also destroy us. Thanks for including us, your HP friends in your prayers. Best to you and family!

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      jtrader 11 months ago

      Good points Ms Dora. It does improve our attitude over time.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jtrader, thanks for your affirmation. Praying for our enemies becomes easier the more we practice it.

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      Peg Cole 11 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for this reassuring message teaching us how to manage conflict and for guidance from the scriptures. I cannot imagine anyone as your enemy, MsDora, although I understand how it happens sometimes when we least expect it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, It takes effort to keep some people from becoming enemies. Some become enemies just because another person says or does something differently than they would. Therefore, the Biblical counsel (Romans 12:18 NKJV): If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Thanks for the opportunity to state that.

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      Denise W Anderson 11 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Praying for our enemies, or those who have somehow offended us or done things that we don't understand or condone, is a very liberating experience. We find that in doing so, we release our feelings of hatred, bitterness, and anger toward them, and we become better people. It has been my personal experience, that things change for the positive, for everyone involved!

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      Word 11 months ago from Chicago

      Hi Dora. This is the best way to be considerate of enemies, be the better person and go the extra mile to turn things around. I admire the resourceful scriptures to back up your ideas as well. You are so well endowed with wisdom. Thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for your affirmation. Good to hear from somebody who knows how positive and liberating it is to return good for evil. I appreciate your input.

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      RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

      The instruction is clear but sometimes we have to admit to God that it's very hard to pray for an enemy. The wonderful thing is that He understands! One of the most useful books on the topic of dealing with enemies is Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      RTalloni, thanks for the book reference. Perhaps it helps to close our eyes, focus on God and His goodness to us, and ask Him to do for our enemies what we do not have the desire to do for them. Yes, He understands! I appreciate your input.

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      Devika Primić 11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sometimes I pray and other times I just ignore them. I can't stoop down to their level and let their reactions hurt me. I won't allow them to make me feel anything than what I am. An interesting hub!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      DDE, you always seem to have a good handle on interpersonal skills. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Word, I'm human after all; that's the only reason I failed to reply to your comment. I always value your input. Thanks for advocating the "extra mile" and for appreciating the scriptural references. Thanks for your ongoing support.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      As human beings most of us find it difficult to not harbor animosity or at least anger, leave aside praying, for those who have hurt us in any way. It takes a lot of strength do do otherwise.

      You offer so many excellent reasons to do so that in the end it becomes a very rewarding experience in so many ways.

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      William Kovacic 11 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Dora,

      If people would only practice the truths you bring out in your hubs the world would definitely be a better place. I like Jackie's idea of putting your thoughts together in book form - either hard copy or e-book. Maybe you could think about it. Have a great rest of the week!

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      Lawal Abiodun 11 months ago from Houston, Texas.

      Thank you MsDora.

      This will indeed change my attitude towards potential future enemies.

      God Bless you for sharing this.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Rajan, it really is rewarding because we grow, we gain freedom and and other healthy attitudes. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I think putting that book together. It's on my mind, but can't tell why it's such a struggle. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lawal, in the end you'll be free of enemies. Thanks for your feedback. Best to you, going forward.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 11 months ago from Taos, NM

      Some wise advice here. This advice is the best way to neutralize enemies.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      That's a good term, Suzette. "Neutralize" sounds like we recognize the hostility but would not participate. Thanks for your valuable input.

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      Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

      pray for your enemies.. Leopard changes its spots? MsDora, I had to waffle on this one.. but nonetheless, It actually made me think as I read on.. enjoy your hubs.. always do..:)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, thanks for offering that perspective. It also makes me think. My view is that it does not cost me anything--no physical, no mental, no spiritual pressure--to pray for people who may not like me. At the same time, my conscience is clear when I have no animosity in my heart toward them.

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      Macky 11 months ago

      Quite a challenge, MsDora, but you make it sound doable. Hope I can remember.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Macky, I suggest that if you believe it, you'll find it easy to remember. Thanks for reading and registering your feedback.

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      Nell Rose 11 months ago from England

      Wise words and something to think about, I don't think I am very good at forgiving or praying for my enemies, I tend to just avoid them! lol! but you have good points, so we will see! lol!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, avoiding our enemies is wise; I just think doing something positive for them is wiser. I always appreciate your comments. Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 11 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I know someone with mental disorders who has been quite the bear recently, for several of us at the workplace. However, the old GM hired a number of people with problems, because he "felt sorry for them." At least the person that was drunk all the time is no longer there, and neither is the GM, who went to another location.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      You have provided some very good reasons to pray for our enemies. There is a saying also, 'Hate the sin, not the sinner.'

      If a little bit of generosity from our side can lead that person to become a good human being, in other words he/ she has a change of heart for the better, that would be wonderful.

      Beautiful hub with words of wisdom! Thank you for sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Deb, perhaps somebody sent up a prayer which was answered by his move. It really does not hurt for pray for others; on the other hand, you gain peace of mind. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, thanks for contributing that very wise counsel. That attitude really helps.

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      Audrey Howitt 11 months ago from California

      All good reasons-but perhaps the most compelling reason for me, is that we are all of the light, even when cloaked in darkness--

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Audrey, thanks for your input. You sound poetic even when you do not try.

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      manatita44 11 months ago from london

      Nice article. I do not think of 'enemies' really. I have stumbled upon disagreements from time to time, but I have no enemies and so far no one has said they hate me. Through God's Grace, generally my downsides are usually tiredness and fatigue, either from work; ill health or perhaps mental stress. Ha ha.

      Still Dee, I know this problem is quite real in in father/son or mother/daughter situations, let alone anyone else. Great awareness Hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, good to hear from you. One thing to remember is that we can have enemies who choose to be enemies without informing us. We do not have to know them in order for them to be enemies. However, it is wise to choose not to know them. Thanks for your input.

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      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      Yes, yes ...too true. Still, I never think I have any. Really. But yes, I understand.

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      Jill Spencer 10 months ago from United States

      I'm so glad you wrote about this. Like the Golden Rule, the rejection of riches, and loving our enemies, Jesus' admonition to pray for those who defame us is to me one of primary reasons his teachings are so revolutionary. All are so hard to sincerely do, even when we realize our feelings of enmity hurt us, change us-- and not for the better.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jill, I appreciate your input on this topic. Difficult, but possible and worth it. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Tamarajo 10 months ago from Southern Minnesota

      Wise and practical address to God's will for us in responding to these challenges we face

      "We can respond to the misdeeds of our enemies with our own evil deeds; we would only enlarge the hostility field around us"

      This is so true and am stI'll learning to navigate these type of conflicts without defense but to surrender it all to Jesus in prayer with kindness as a response. Lots of work left to do in this department but confident in His ability to continue a good work.

      Thanks for the encouraging read to walk in His ways and not my own.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamarajo, the work begun is half done. God will complete in you what He started. Forward on to victory! Your comment encourages me too.

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      There's an old saying, "kill them with kindness". Being vengeful just compounds the problem. Sometimes being kind to someone who has lashed out, can turn them around on the spot. Of course, I'm not talking about heinous crimes, but enemies come in many varying degrees of ugliness.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Shauna, your commentary is spot on. Thanks for your input.

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      Word 10 months ago from Chicago

      Revisited. I just love this!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Blessings, Word. Thanks for the additional read!

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      Patricia Scott 10 months ago from sunny Florida

      So powerful and well stated....letting go of resentment is a biggie...carrying that baggage brings us down and yields nothing....loving our enemies can cause so much good to happen....

      Angels are on the way....ps

      shared

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      Ronald E. Franklin 10 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      In this electoral season in the U. S. I hope many of us apply this lesson to our political "enemies." Far too often I see people who identify themselves as Christians using the most harsh and unloving language toward those who disagree with them politically. I don't think you could do that if you were praying for those opponents. Good word.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Patricia, for your valuable input. "So much good" can result if we all subscribed to the attitude you describe.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Ron, I couldn't agree more. I sat in a Christian Counseling during an election year, and saw hate coming through the eyes and lips of Christians who disliked a certain candidate. We have to remember that God's love flowing through us in not limited to the people we prefer.

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      Ms Dora, your wisdom is valued on this subject. I agree with your statements on each point. I think learning to let go of our rights to revenge and to pray for them truly sets us free from pain.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Teaches, I appreciate your affirmation. The freedom we gain is worth the effort.

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      Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Well this is not a new one since I see I have been here, so did you not get your new hub back up? Was looking forward to reading it.

      Will check back later.

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      Devika Primić 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I pray for those who do nasty stuff to cause me unhappiness. I have had many issues recently with people who pretend to like my successful life but deep down are just MEAN.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jackie, thanks for asking. The article consisted of quotes from the Book of Proverbs, and was cited as duplicate. I will replace it eventually, but right now my mother who is now bedridden has all my attention. I am just able to manage a few comments here and there. Thanks for your prayers and support.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, thanks for your input. Just continue praying for your enemies; obviously you have proof that it works.

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      Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      That is ridiculous, we are not allowed to quote anymore? Oh you are a gentler soul than me dear friend and you can bet my prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless you so very much!

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      Deborah Demander 9 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      This is such a beautiful article. I try to pray for

      My enemies every night.

      It's easy to pray for the people

      We love. Jesus challenges us to go beyond the simple, and reach out

      To the angry and hurting, those who don't like us, and those we don't like.

      It is when we pray for

      Our enemies that we truly grow spiritually, and heal the world.

      Namaste

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      Vladimir Karas 9 months ago from Canada

      Dora - You probably know so much more than I do about the good effects of prayer, but allow me to mention that we should be more careful not to create enemies. For, it must have started somewhere with something that we did. Are we sure they are just hateful people hating others "at random"?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Jackie, thanks for your prayers. I quoted from Proverbs previously and that article is doing well; perhaps the response to the more recent article is automated. No love lost; I'll keep trying.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Deborah, thanks for your feedback. I especially like your last sentence. Wonderful sentiment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      ValKaras, thanks for you input. My answer to your question is "No. I am not sure that there are people hating others 'at random.' However, I am sure that for whatever reason people hate, the hated can find refuge in prayer. Thanks for reminding us not to create enemies. I would add that nurturing "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22, 23) in our lives greatly lessens our chances of making enemies.

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      Marlene Bertrand 9 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This is such a valuable life lesson. I wish I had known about praying for my enemies long before now. Today, I know what a relief I receive when I pray for my enemies. It is like letting go of the burden of anger. I ask myself why I expect myself to carry that burden when I could be free of it. I tell myself to let the burden be the enemy's burden if that is what they choose. And, I tell myself to let the Lord determine how the enemy will get through it. A lot of times, after praying and truly adjusting my attitude, like with the story of your friend who turned into an enemy and back to a friend again. I love how God works.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Marlene, "I love how God works" too. We just have follow His counsel and He takes care of every situation better than we can.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      My heart is big, loving and almost too forgiving. Just the way I was born. I learned the power of prayer at an early age and begin and end my day with prayer. When I first realize I have an enemie I feel the hurt so I pray for strength. Then I give it to God.

      Thanks for this spiritual awakening hub. I love the scripture quotes.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      VocalCoach, you're an example to follow. Thanks for sharing from your personal experience.

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      Peg Cole 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Reading this again today gave me a needed lift. Thank you. Sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, you encourage me too. I also re-read it. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai

      Praying for our enemies is tough just for the reason that they are our enemies. We need a big heart to pray for them and repay evil with good. Inner peace is a good enough reason to start praying for our enemies, but then again it needs a lot of acceptance and courage. Great message here.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Vellur, we have to trust that there is a power greater than our enemies. When we go to that power [God] in prayer, we also ask for the grace to develop the right attitude toward them. "His grace is sufficient."

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai

      So true, His grace is sufficient.

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