A love letter to ISIS

Dear ISIS,

This is a love letter. I’m sure you don’t get very many; I could imagine that the only mail you get is hate mail. There are plenty of days I’d like to send you hate mail, but alas, I have not. This love letter isn’t from me, however. You see, I have this friend and He loves you…a lot.

He knows literally everything about you (in a non-creepy kind of way).
He actually knew about all the atrocities you would commit but loved you anyway – He gives a new definition to grace.
He loves you.
It’s not that he doesn’t care, or that he agrees with you, or that he does so in fear of what you would do if he hated you, it’s the exact opposite. He sees every wrong, criminal, hurtful thing you have done and will do and still chooses to love you. He loves you in spite of all your short comings, failures and evil.
He loves you.
Every time you kill someone or make a threat you break his heart, but no matter how many times you hurt him, his love never waivers.
He loves you.
He isn’t looking to condemn you for all the times you hurt him or hurt others.
He loves you.
My friend is very rich, even more so than you or I could imagine, and he wants to share his wealth with you. He wants to make you a co-heir with him.
He loves you.
Some people say they would die if it meant their loved one could live, but I think few would actually do it if it came down to it. However, he did. He died so that you wouldn’t have to.
He loves you.
And nothing you do can make Him stop loving you.

You don’t know Him, He has moved Heaven and Earth so that you might, but He knows you.
You don’t love Him, He desperately desires that you do, but He loves you.

He wants to use you for something much greater than yourselves. Maybe you believe He can’t, that you’re too far gone or that you’ve done too many terrible things. He doesn’t think so. Awhile ago there was a guy in a similar position as you, he hunted down and killed a lot of people because of their religion. But one day my friend stopped Paul dead in his tracks, turned his life completely around and used him for many great things that transcended generations and countries.

ISIS, I have this friend and He loves you…a lot.

His name is Jesus.

Dear Believers,
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45)

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