You have heard it said, ‘ Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-44
I believe this. I think that I live this. But, I have yet to know any true enemies. I haven’t faced real persecution. I haven’t been asked to choose between life now or life eternal. My life has been an easy road.
I was reminded of this as I watched the documentary, “A Cry From Iran.” This is the story of Haik Hovsepian from Iran. This man loved people…loved Muslims. He didn’t just talk about it – he lived it. He sought to save the life of another believer, to bring the message of hope and salvation through Jesus to the Iranian people. His repayment was death. Here is the trailer for the documentary – please find a way to see this film:
So, what do we do about this? The verse above is a clear statement about our response. How do we love people who would murder a dear brother? How do we love a government that restricts the rights of its people? Haik Hovsepian knew how. He went out amongst the people praying with and for them and serving them.
Did you know that we have a dear sister-in-Christ, from Indiana, that wakes up every day and prays for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to come to know Jesus? She also prays for our family. There are many from Iran living in other countries like the U.S. Do you know any? How could you love them?
Iran just had elections. After reading the news article about this, could we pray for the Iranian people? Brother Haik new the following and you should too – the people of Iran are hungry to know the Lord. They are hungry for peace, love and freedom which are truly found in the Kingdom of our Lord. Join us in prayer for Iran. May His glory be revealed in and through the nation of Iran.