“But I say to you, ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’” (Matthew 5:44).
The words alone remind us that we are at war; at war with a world that, while standing in opposition to God, has eternal longings, making them vulnerable to false Gods. It is into this world we have been commissioned as peacemakers; carpet-bombing our enemies with love and prayer. Yes, this gospel is hard work. Maybe the greatest battle isn’t with the world, but ourselves as we seek to practice what we have been transformed and empowered by the Spirit to be.