Lent: A “Kiss” for the Enemy (Day 30)

Lent: A “Kiss” for the Enemy (Day 30)

Read: Matthew 5:44-45

Reflect: When I was a child, my mom would always tell me to blow kisses to the enemy. She said it confuses them.
As a fourth grader, I thought this was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard. I was not about to blow kisses to anyone, let alone people who didn’t like me! Looking back, she probably meant for me to do just that, but today I understand the sentiment behind the action.

I don’t really know of any true “enemies” I have today, but I am sure there are those who don’t like my political views, my parenting style, my choice of shoes, my up-beat personality, etc. When these people decide to be apparent in their dislike, I can choose to turn the other cheek. I can pray that God would allow me to see them as He sees them, and I can choose not to engage in any negative dialogue.

Simply put, I can “blow them a kiss” in a figurative way rather than literal.

Pray: Lord, help us to do as you ask. Help us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, and see that all people deserve grace, which you give freely. Amen.