Bad Guys

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Love your enemies or the "bad guys" in your life as if they were good. Pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 5:43-48 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. 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 your heavenly Father is perfect.         

In movies, on TV shows, and in sports, it’s usually easy to see who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. We love to cheer for the good guys and boo the bad guys, because, well, the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad; each one deserves the response we give them. But Jesus says here that we shouldn’t boo for the bad guys but we should cheer for them; love them as if they were good.

It seems crazy, it seems like the wrong thing to do, it seems like what God does for me.

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