The author provides a short history of Patrick, known as the "apostle of Ireland," indeed one of the most successful missionaries to Ireland. The article draws important lessons from the life of Patrick, including Christ's command to "love your enemies and do good to those who hate you" (Luke 6:27).
God has a right to call down judgment on his enemies. God hates unrighteousness. In the Psalms, the people of God express this judgment in their songs and prayers. This has nothing to do with personal vindictiveness, but rather foreshadows God's final judgment and is a call to return to God, who judges in righteousness.
Should you love yourself? If you would listen to the advice of many teachers, counselors, writers, and ministers, your answer would be, "Yes, I should love myself – deeply, completely and without reservations." This article discusses self-esteem and Christ-esteem, Matthew 22:7, self-image, and detesting yourself.