Love Your Enemies
Some years ago, a tiny Korean orphan arrived in the United States
to join her adoptive family. She was nine months old and weighed
only 9 ½ pounds. She grew and blossomed in her new home, but
remained a diminutive size. Her new name was Edie.
One day when Edie was in second grade, she ran home from school,
crying. She was frightened. That day, three new girls had been
enrolled in her class. During the first recess, they picked the smallest
girl in the class as the object of their anger and frustration. They
pinched, poked, and pushed tiny Edie and threatened to beat her up.
Edie had spent an hour in the principal's office with the three girls and
was assured the teachers would be watching. The girls were given a
Edie's mother held her little one and comforted her. She learned
later, after speaking with the principal, that the girls had been
troublemakers at several other schools. They were being given one
more chance at anew beginning.
"These girls must have been very hurt in their young lives to be so
angry. Her mother said. "The Bible tells us, "Be kind to your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you. Edie, let's pray." Then they
prayed for the girls and asked the Lord for a plan of action.
A plan began to take shape. "I can't go to school with you everyday,
so you will need to stay close to a teacher when you are at recess or
in line to go into school." said Edie's mom. "If the girls start to pick
on you, tell them, "I'd really like to be your friend Are you brave
enough to do that?" Edie's mother asked. "The Lord asks us to be kind
to our enemies, let's see what happens, okay?
The tiny girl perked up, and with a smile, looked at her mother and said,
"Yes, Mom, I'll try."
The next morning, and everyday before Edie left for school, she and her
mom prayed for her to be safe and brave, and for the girls to be open to
God's love. Everyday, the girls shoved into line behind Edie and called
her names and tried to get in a poke or two.
Each time, Edie looked up at them and said, "I'd really like to be your
friend." She did have to look up at them since they were so much taller
than she was. The teachers kept an eye on the proceedings, but did not
need to interfere as the girls were not hurting her.
After about two weeks, Edie came home looking so discouraged. She
told her mother that she didn't think it was working. After they talked
about it some more and prayed, she decided to keep trying and
continued to faithfully tell them, "I'd really like to be your friend."
One day the following week, Edie ran home as fast as she could and ran
into the house shouting, "Mom, Mom, guess what happened today? Just
like I always did, I said I'd really like to be your friend, and one of the
girls said, "Okay, Edie, we give up, we'll be your friend."
Edie and her mom thanked the Lord for His faithfulness.
A short time later, as the girls were trying to become friends, Edie
asked the teacher if she could sit at a table with these girls in the
classroom. She had noticed that they were disruptive because they
didn't understand the lessons. Edie became their tutor.
Toward the end of the school year, when Edie's parents went to
school for a parent teacher conference, the teacher told them,
"Because of Edie's kindness, those girl's have completely turned
around and are productive members of the class." She felt she
had witnessed a miracle. And so did Edie's mom and dad.
How many people go through life never experiencing kindness? They
don't see it in strangers, and some don't even find it in their own
families. Without experiencing kindness, it becomes impossible to
express kindness toward others. The result of this tragic lack is seen
everywhere. What a different society this would be if everyone who has
received kindness would be kind to others, especially the unlovely.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you;
[ Author Unknown -- from Charlotte ]
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