Daily Devotional: Show Mercy to Your Enemies
Prayer Starter: God, it's not easy, but like Jesus and El Cid, I want to be the kind of person who shows mercy to all, even my enemies. By Your grace, I choose now to live a life of mercy.
Matthew 5:43-44 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
The El Cid needs a little explaining.
From the author: For centuries the Christians fought the Moors. They hated and killed each other. In battle, El Cid captured five Moors but refused to kill them because he realized that killing had never done any good. He believed that showing mercy would change their hearts and then both groups could live in peace. One of the Moors he captured said, "Anyone can kill, but only a true king can show mercy to his enemies.' Because of El Cid's one act of kindness, his enemies offered themselves to him as friends and allies from that point on.
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