Love Your Enemies And Pray For Them
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.
One of his interrogators was a young lieutenant called Grecu. He pushed over a pen and paper and ordered Richard to write down the names of all the people who had communicated with him in prison.
‘We know you are tapping out messages to each other. Write down what these messages say and who says them.’
He went out of the room.
It was two years since Richard had held a pen in his hand. He could hardly form the letters on the paper.
‘I am a disciple of Christ,’ he wrote, Who has taught us to love our enemies. I pray daily for all Communists, that they may be converted and become my brothers. I cannot reveal to you what other prisoners have said. That is between them and God.’
Richard put down the pen and waited. Grecu returned, picked up the paper and read what had been written. He was silent for some time, then he turned a troubled face to Richard.
br/>’Why do you say you love me?’ he asked.
They had many discussions after that, under the guise of ’interrogation’, but the information Grecu was seeking was the sort Richard was only too glad to give him — the message of God’s love-and mercy. Two weeks later, Lieutenant Grecu in his Security Officer’s uniform came to Richard in his patched prison rags and began to talk about his own sins against God and his fellow men.
Thereafter, for a short time, the burden of the prisoners was lightened in a number of tiny ways. Grecu still had to give lip service to the Communist party and it was dangerous and difficult to do anything for prisoners without its being noticed. But to a prisoner, even a kind glance is like water in a thirsty land.
It did not last long. One day Grecu disappeared. For all Richard knew, he could well now himself be in a cell beneath the Ministry of the Interior.