36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:36-40 King James Version (KJV)
It is easy to pray for those whose lives or deeds we think are good or for people we like, it is when asked to pray for the really bad we find out who the true followers of God are and who is obedient to Him. Do YOU really love thy neighbour as thyself as God asks of each of us, or do you just say you do?
The pope is clearing up the Church in so many ways. As for this man pictured above, who is now facing the consequences of his deeds, this is a time when that request from God comes into its own.
If those professing to love and obey God really DO wish to love and obey Him, loving our neighbour means not judging their deeds no matter how bad or evil we think they are – for we don’t know what brought them to act in such ways.
To love someone as God asks of us, doesn’t mean we have to like them or how they behave, but we should be praying hard for them to truly repent and for their souls to be saved.
This man is one of those people we are asked to pray for. Our prayers are so important due to how bad his punishments may be on leaving this world if those accusations against him prove to be true.
We pray for him to truly repent his deeds and for mercy to be shown him on coming face to face with the Almighty. Mercy and forgiveness is something God gives to a TRUE REPENTANT and only God knows what truly lies in this man’s heart – or anyone else’s – we don’t.
Our prayers can help save souls, and as true followers of our Creator (no matter of what religion or none), this is what we should all be doing every day for sinners worldwide. For aren’t we ourselves all sinners too?
No matter how little or great one’s deeds are, we will all be punished or rewarded accordingly. Just as we hope someone (or many someone’s) will pray for our souls one day, so must we pray for the souls of others, especially those whose souls may well be lost.