Why You Need Your Enemies and Your Enemies Need You—Part 1
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2008 Mar 04
We have posted a new sermon called Why You Need Your Enemies and Your Enemies Need You–Part 1. Here’s an excerpt:
"Nothing seems more natural than to hate those who have mistreated us. But here we learn a better way. After I had preached on this topic, a man came to me afterwards and said, 'Everything the world says about human relationships is wrong!”'"
"The world says, Get even. God says, Seek the good of those who have harmed you.
The world says, Get angry. God says, Pray for them.
The world says, Look for chances to make them suffer. God says, Look for chances to do good to them
The world says, Don’t waste time loving bad people. God says, I want you to love them anyway."
"We need to pray for our enemies—and they need our prayers."
"If we don’t pray for our enemies, who will?
If we don’t pray for our enemies, how will they ever change?
If we don’t pray for our enemies, how will we ever be free from bitterness?