Matthew 5:44

Matthew 5:44 (ASV 1901)

44but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

Jacob DeShazer is reminded by the Holy Spirit of his promise to obey Jesus' teachings when he is mistreated by a guard.
Ah Ping was wounded by the rival gang, but refused to let his gang exact revenge. Instead he gathered a few together to pray for the rival gang.
Corrie ten Boom helps an African death row inmate find peace through the power of Jesus to forgive his enemies.
Corrie ten Boom is faced with the most difficult obedience of her life, to forgive the cruel concentration camp guard who tormented her and her sister. Jesus did a miracle in her.
Thomas Hale relates the terrible suffering of a Nepalese Christian who would not prosecute those who persecuted and maimed him.
Thomas chose to "do good to those who hate you," at great expense to himself, and won his neighbor to Christ.
Archibald Forder illustrates from his experience the stark contrast between Islam's teaching of retaliation and the teachings of Jesus to "do good to those who hate you."
Even though Mrs. Kwang was harshly treated and imprisoned in awful conditions, she asked Jesus how she could still tell others about Him, so she voluntarily became a cleaner for the prison, many heard the Gospel and were saved.
Two stories from post WWII Japan demonstrate the total freedom available to those who, in the power of Christ, love their enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
A Chinese Christian farmer demonstrates love toward a bandit who robbed him of all his possessions. Living out Matthew 5:44 in the model of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the farmer wins the bandit to Christ.
Richard Wurmbrand told a Communist officer that he loved his enemies as Jesus taught, which led to questions, long discussions, kind treatment, and the eventual disappearance of the officer.
Marco Franco, who struggled with anger and hatred toward his persecutors, was supernaturally filled with love for those that burned his house and tried to kill him and his family. The result of this demonstration of love and forgiveness was that many came to Christ.
A young Christian prisoner, sick with tuberculosis, was asked to betray his fellow prisoners in exchange for life-saving medicine. He refused to betray his friends. Then he was tempted to betray those prisoners who had done evil against him. Again he refused saying that Jesus commanded us to love even our enemies.
Dr. Sa'eed treated a man, free of charge, who was once hired to ambush and murder the doctor. The ambush plan failed, but Dr. Sa'eed's obedience to Jesus' teachings bore fruit.
Mosab Hassan Yousef concludes his book by saying that Jesus' teaching to love your enemies was what finally set him free.
Mosab Hassan Yousef, upon reading the words of Jesus to love your enemies, found the message he had been searching for all his life.
Rami was interested in Christianity until he read "love your enemies," at which point he shut the Bible in frustration. He hated the Jews. But then Rami met a believer, Abu Yahya, who explained how Jesus gave him love, even for his enemies, even for Jewish soldiers.
Tenzin Lahkpa had barely escaped from his village with his life due to his faith in Jesus. But now the village faced a terrible health crisis and Tenzin was able to help them in spite of the danger, because he was filled with the love of Jesus—even for his enemies.
Kamal was trained to be a Brahmin priest, but was increasingly troubled by the darkness of the Hindu gods. One day he began to read the New Testament and was profoundly affected by the teaching of Jesus to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Darlene Deibler, a prisoner of war held by the Japanese in Indonesia, had just learned of her husband's death in the men's camp. Her camp commander, Mr. Yamaji, who appreciated her selfless help in the camp, broke the news to her. But she told him that she did not despair like on with no hope. She powerfully shared the gospel with him, focusing on how Jesus enables us to love our enemies.
Ye Yung Min is beaten and reviled by those who oppose him, but he prays for them and loves them.
Arrested by the communist authorities in Albania, Reona Peterson Joly is filled with supernatural love for her enemies even while being fiercely interrogated.