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CN6d99CUwAAk3_9Bear Grylls tweeted a picture of himself praying with President Barack Obama. It was taken right before the taping of an episode for his survival show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”.

And he added this caption to the image:

‘Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’

It’s from 1 Corinthians 13:7, the most famous passage on love. It was written for the faithful in Corinth. And in it, Paul was making an invitation to us all to love like this:“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

What would happen if we loved like that? Not just our friends and families, but President Barack Obama himself (and every other politician in the world).

What if fully embraced the call from Jesus to love our neighbors, and even our enemies, as He loved us?

So try this exercise, change the word LOVE (and fill each blank) with your own name:

“_________ is patient and kind; _________ does not envy or boast; _________ is not arrogant or rude. _________ does not insist on its own way; _________ is not irritable or resentful; _________ does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. _________ bears all things, _________ believes all things, _________ hopes all things, _________ endures all things.”

And that is what Jesus meant when He said to love your enemies.

Think of everyone you disagree with. Think of everyone that annoys you. Think of everyone that has hurt you in the past. Think of the person with all the unbearable posts on Facebook.

And while you think of them, read the text above.

Good job Bear Grylls for setting the example. We have had enough hate about the president and about every other candidate from both sides of the aisle.

I will keep praying for them. And hoping for God’s best. And I’m hopeful this generation will follow that model as we move on.

Peace.

*Share this invitation of love with your friends, and even an enemy or two.

“The journey’s been that faith has been the wildest ride. And Jesus, the heart of the Christian faith is the wildest, most radical guy you’d ever come across. He was always hanging around with the prostitutes and the tax collectors and having parties and banquets, and I found myself drawn to that character, not the kind of fluff that we like to box as religion.” –Bear Grylls

Read Bear Grylls awesome book: Man vs. Wild: Survival Techniques from the Most Dangerous Places on Earth.