A prayer for our enemies

From the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies:

Lead them and us from prejudice to truth;

deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge;

and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(HT Jim Vining, image via Kurt Willems)

2 thoughts on “A prayer for our enemies

  1. Reblogged this on cwcnicky and commented:
    In my workplace, some staff are quite hostile to others. It is a form of their defense mechanism. When being requested to do their obligation and duties, they will automatically respond in oppositional attitude and saying. Then they evade from their responsibility.

    Indeed, as their supervisor, I am not satisfied with such their performance. In our Chinese culture, it is not easy for direct confrontation. I find a subtle way to respond. It is by giving them the least courtesy. Then I am assertive in giving them instructions and communicating with them. I find a way of my driving force. It is by anger and motive of revenge.

    From the Common Prayer, I know I am wrong in this way of getting my driving force. Assertiveness does not necessarily comes from anger and revenge. It should base on rules, principles and fairness as well as justice. It may first come from personal feeling of being treated unfair. However, it must go beyond personal. I must enforce my assertiveness towards these staff based on duties, obligation, fairness and justice. If hatred is my driving force, I must repent.


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