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What the World Needs Now is Love…Sweet Love…

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES…

 

Hello Divas!! I hope everyone is living their best life and practicing self-love and taking really good care of you.
Speaking of self-love, the older (or more seasoned) I am, the more I have learned to appreciate life, health and…well, me. And one of the focuses of our Fit, Fyne & Fabulous ministry is to encourage self-love, or love for self. It seems the more that I build on loving, appreciating and being thankful for the person God created me to be, the more I have begun to love others in my life (shocker).

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Here is where I came to this conclusion: I was talking to my dad while driving to the airport on my way to the FFF LA Live Conference (which was AH-MAZING). I was chatting it up about several of my girlfriends and how much I love them. I kept talking about various ladies in my life and I (unknowingly) kept saying, “Oh I love so-and-so…she is so amazing!” Finally, my dad says, “You love everyone”. I started laughing and said, “Oh my, I guess I do.”

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Now, trust me I hadn’t always been this way. I have come across some very difficult people. But God, time and experience have taught this one life lesson I would like to share and that is learning how to love my enemies.

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Matthew 5:44 says … “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

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I used to read this scripture and think, ‘huh, I can’t see myself doing THAT!’ But as I stated, somehow as I have learned to love Cil more, I tend to love others more. I think it’s because I am daily in awe of how much my Heavenly Father loves and forgives me. When I was young and dumb, I did awful things and hurt a lot of people, but He forgave me and many of those people have as well. So when I come across people who show me that they intend on being my enemy I truly pray for them and work to show them love; the love of Christ.

 

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Another thing I have learned is that people who are ‘mean’, or ‘hurtful’ have been treated mean and are possibly dealing with a lot of hurt. The one thing that they (most of the time) need is love.

I think, at the end of the day, we all want and need love. So I challenge you to try — no, practice loving your enemy and praying for those who persecute you.

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You never know, you might find your next friend. But for all the others, watch how God protects and shields you from them. He might even move them on their merry little way…out of your life (LOL). But no matter, you still do what the Word of God says, and He will handle the rest. Trust me, this will allow you to have that peace that surpasses all understanding and in the end you will be the better for it all.

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PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father
We are thankful for all you have done and are doing in our lives. Thank you for allowing us to live our best lives.
As we continue to grow and learn in this best life, help us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
Ultimately it is all about forgiveness, and we are learning to love and forgive just as you love and forgave us…but we need your help.

Thank you for your grace, forgiveness and love.
Amen

35 Comments

  • Roeina Porter says:

    Yes, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. But thank God for his grace and mercy and love. He has forgiven me for things that I don’t deserve. He gave his only begotten son’s life for me. When I think about all of things that he has given me a pass on, I can’t help but forgive my enemies. I pray for them and ask God to help them. It’s not easy dealing with someone who lies on you, steal from you, cheat on you, betray you, But Holy Spirit I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It will change you.

    • Nadine Morival says:

      Amen. We tend to think about ourselves mostly but we should love one another as we do ourselves. This time in age we need present and precious truth about you we are and how to become sinless become perfected by his will. He isn’t coming back for sinners who wants to be stagnant but those who follow his example and determined not to give up the good fight. I pray for all of us to love and show each other the way. God bless.

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Roeina
      Thanks for the comment. I love your statement “When I think about all of things that he has given me a pass on, I can’t help but forgive my enemies. I pray for them and ask God to help them.” I am with you on that….it’s growth. Also, I sleep better, and am way more happier than holding bitterness.
      it may be hard to love mean people….but like you said, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Celestine Jackson says:

    Wonderful devotional!!! Age and experiences
    do ( should) bring about changes. I’m older and much more wiser…so thankful for His Grace and Mercy!!!

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Celestine,
      Thanks so much. I’m with you…so thankful for growth and grace. 🙂
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Coach Twy says:

    With all the crazy news coverage we have going on across the globe, we definitely need to be share more LOVE! Thank you for the amazing reminder sister!

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hey sis!
      Yea…all this negative news is kind of what sparked my focus on ‘love’…God’s love.
      Thanks
      Lot’s of love
      Cil

  • Valerie McKenzey says:

    Everything that was shared is so true. When we learn to love ourselves, loving and forgiving others becomes easier. Learning self love was an eye opener to changing my thoughts, words and actions.

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Val!
      Girl…I wish I knew this when I was younger…I might have avoided a lot of drama…LOL! But so glad for growth and God’s grace.
      Lots of Love
      Cil

  • Lakeisha Walker says:

    What the world needs now is more Love! I ask God daily to forgive me and my enemies and pray for everyone. Thanks for the reminder, we all can afford to do better…Be better….Love Better!

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Lakeisha
      Girl, I am still working on the whole “Be Better…Do Better…Love Better”. LOL
      Lots of Love
      Cil

  • Cree Jones says:

    Awesome word and I’m trying to work on this. #workinprogress

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Heeey Cree-Cree
      Girl me and you both…living and learning daily! #workinprogress2
      Lots of Love
      Cil

  • Yolanda Y Martin says:

    Awesome devotional and prayer. God knew that the key to being released from the bondage of hurt and anger was to pray for them that hurt you. You have so much peace when you release it to God. I’m so grateful that He loves me in spite of me and that He forgave me when I didn’t understand how to forgive myself. His love changes everything!

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Yolanda!
      Okay girl..you are so right. I remember when I first tried this…I prayed for a lady who I felt was being mean to me. At first it was hard…but the more I prayed for her my heart changed. Eventually I didn’t care if she was mean to me or didn’t like me…I actually wanted God to help her and bless her.
      A year later we ended up talking and meeting up for brunch and couldn’t believe we let ‘petty mess’ stop us from being friends. Today, I love her so much…we actually have so much in common. LOL!!!
      Thanks for sharing
      Lot’s of love
      Cil

  • TAMARA says:

    Thank you for sharing and I agree His love changes everything!

  • Alicia Brooks says:

    With all that’s going on in this world today . Yes we need love. To much hate. Such a small word but strong in this world . Thank you for this

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Alicia
      Yea…this is why I have been focusing on love lately…so much hate and negativity.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Nicole McCoy says:

    This is a true testimony to myself through you. I must love thy enemies even more. As stated by Diva Rogeina, we all fall short ( I raise my hand because I have). As I am already practicing this, your message was a reassurance that I am on the right path. Thank You.

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Nicole
      Girl I fall short as well..work in progress..But I’m kind glad I’m still learning and growing…it takes the pressure off me…LOL. But if you are aware and putting God’s word into practice then you are on your way girl. Keep it up.
      Lots of Love
      Cil

  • Barbara Jones says:

    Awesome massage thanks for sharing we all need to Love more.

  • Michelle Martin Bonner says:

    A timeless message for a time such as this! Thank you for sharing.

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Michelle,
      Awww thanks so much I appreciate you checking it out and sharing your comment.
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Linda Newman says:

    Awesome devotional and prayer. I often times have to remind myself of the song he’s got the whole world in his hands. It’s hard sometimes to love those who mistreat you but as you look back over your life you remember God has the whole world in his hands and you are part of that whole world. Evil will never cancel out Good. So I strive to do my part by just because… God has included me in hands. Like my Mom use to say…Just keep living 💕

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi LInda,
      Amen girl….we are all His children…even the ‘bad’ ones….LOL! But I’m with you…I’m so glad I’m in His hands too!
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Dawn Taylor says:

    Love is wonderful and it is contagious. When someone see the Love of God on you they can’t themselves( attitude start to change). Thank you fir sharing.

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Dawn,
      You are soooo right…Love is contagious. I just saw a Tedtalk about how we can be contagious. So I would rather be positively contagious…LOL!
      thanks for sharing
      Lots of Love
      Cil

  • Trudy Shelton-Harris says:

    Thank you so much for those wonderful words on gratitude, favor, and forgiveness. This is something I have struggled with the last few years and seems like each time I would forgive, they would do something else to hurt me and cause even more animosity. The movie “The Shack” really helped me to at least try and continuely ask God to help me forgive those I feel have hurt me and continue to try to hurt me. Once I started doing that, my blessings began to overflow. I am truly a testimony of how we block our blessings by not forgiving others but expecting forgiveness from our Lord.
    Keep up the wonderful work a Divas!! You all are truly a blessing.
    – Trudy

    • Priscilla Williams says:

      Hi Trudy
      Okay…OMG I am sooo with you!!! That movie changed my WHOLE life! I literally started to see God for who He really is. I also started to realize how important forgiveness is.
      He never said life, nor forgiveness would be easy but our obedience is what He looks for…and He will do the rest. Wow!!! I’m so happy for you finding this kind of freedom.
      Lots of love
      Cil

  • Amy Burrell says:

    Thank you for sharing, the world definitely needs more love.

  • Amanda Otieno says:

    Wow I never thought about it like this but it is so true. Self love/self acceptance allows you to be comfortable with your authentic self, and allows you to love others as they are as well. Accepting your own flaws allows you to be more forgiving of others shortcomings as well. So glad God allowed you to open your heart in time for meeeee (this isn’t about me though lol)! This is a great reminder to put this into practice- Love and pray for everyone especially your enemies!

    • Cil says:

      Heeey Mandie-O!
      Girl, I hadn’t either until like a year or so ago…I love how God just keeps growing us up! LOL. Love you and miss you!
      Cil

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