I could not stop fuming. Anger towards her kept me up at night. Incessantly, her insults veiled as complements ran through my head. This one person drove me absolutely crazy and I did not know what to do about it, until a Bible study revealed the answer. I’m not sure if the answer came in scripture, through the Bible study book or another person. I only know that the answer was one word: pray. Flabbergasted, I fumed: pray for her?!? After what she had done, I should pray for her? However the answer from scripture was clear: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44, NIV).” My annoyance and anger filled me and kept me up at night. I had no other option. So I prayed.
Prayer does change things. I’m not sure if my prayers did anything for her, but my prayers changed me. I saw her for the damaged and hurting person she was. I saw that the insults came from a place of pain within her. As I prayed for her well being, my anger and annoyance melted away and I began to love her. I have to admit that this person is still in my life. She still makes comments that hurt. Loving her is not easy. Her behavior serves as a reminder to pray and to cling to the one that changes hearts. I know he changed mine.