Matthew 5:43-45: You have heard that it was said Love you neighbor and hate you enemy. But I tell you, love you enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
This is a verse of scripture that challenged me today. I did pray for someone, who I feel gossips about and uses me. This scripture does not give any guarantee that the person will change. It only tells us to pray. It even suggests that good things will happen to the person we are praying for. It does not guarantee all our problems will be solved.
Just a challenge to myself to keep praying.
Another reminder: when I feel that people are watching, ready to pounce on any mistake I make and use it as fodder for gossip, I need to remind myself that my Heavenly Father is also watching over me closely, but He is watching over me with love and care.