|My dear friend Rita visiting on my birthday 2012|
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44
From the first moment we met, I thought my new supervisor disliked me. Everyone else welcomed me to my new position, but this person seemed stand-offish, mistrustful, and even jealous. Over the course of that year, we had several differences of opinion which left me feeling somewhat bruised and devalued.
While I complained one day about this person’s behavior, my friend interrupted me and asked, “Have you prayed for him?”
Her question definitely caused me pause. I had not prayed for him, but her question made me realize that I should be doing just that. After all, we need to pray about everything.
I began to pray for him in earnest. Each day I prayed for his mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. I prayed for God to bless him.
And above all these things put on charity. Colossians 3:14
I began to see subtle changes in our interactions. Greetings seemed sincere. I noticed he listened and seemed to appreciate what I shared in our group meetings. The changes were coming from both of us. By the end of that year, the relationship had transformed into one of mutual respect and good-will.
Let brotherly love continue. Hebrew 13:1
Little brothers Nathan and Jonah at play
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