Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (NIV)

I have heard the bolded portion used many times in relation to God’s blessings. When read in context, that’s not what the verse is referring to at all. When read in context, this verse is talking about loving others and praying for them. Just as it rains on everyone, Christians should love and pray for everyone, even if they don’t like you. No where in the verse is there any mention, or reference, to God’s blessing (besides being “children of your Father in heaven”, and that is in reference to what you get when you love your enemies and pray for them). To imply that God rains His blessings on everyone, from this verse, is reading far more into it than it’s really saying.

For more on God’s blessings, keep your eyes peeled for a new post. Sometime, in the future.

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