But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:44-48 New King James Version).
As hard as this is to do, Jesus tells us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use us. Sometimes this is easier said than done for we are human, and have failed this at one point or another. We have to be careful we don’t allow anger to blind us so much, causing us to think of ourselves as above those we feel wronged us, persecuted us, or used us; whomever you classify as your “enemy”. When we allow anger, pride, resentment or bitterness to control us, we draw back and tend to associate only with those who make us feel good and can validate our bitterness. We tend not to go out of our way in resolving any conflict, which causes more harm than good, since we will see everything the other does as an attack against us. Those negative feelings will age us drastically and weigh us down, not to mention, they will make us physically ill. We are not above anyone; as the Scripture says, our Father in heaven makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.
God, however, is merciful and faithful. We want to be forgiven, and if we have a hard time letting go and forgiving those we believed wronged us, God will show us how. All we have to do is humble ourselves and ask. There is a freedom in dropping to our knees and praying for someone we feel has wronged us in some way. Not only does this help us forgive, but it also shackles and binds those destructive oppressors: pride, bitterness, resentment, and anger. It grants us God’s peace beyond all understanding and creates in us a humble spirit, giving God the freedom to move and act on our behalf. If there is someone in our life that we believe has wronged us, we must take it to our Father in prayer. Ask Him to help bind those negative spirits and allow His peace to surround us as we pray for the other person.
Let’s Pray: Oh, dear, sweet Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Loving Jesus. How we love You! How we praise and exalt Your name! How we worship You with all our our beings! You are just, You are merciful, You are faithful and true. Your love surrounds us, engulfs us, overshadows us. We are humbled in Your Holy presence and come to Your feet with expectation. We thank You for who You are and we desire to be more like You. This morning we come before Your Holy presence asking for Your help. We have people that we believed wronged us, but we are aging ourselves, harming ourselves because we can’t seem to let those weighty negative feelings go, so we are laying them down at Your feet. We have no desire to carry this burden anymore, and we know that You can change us and lift us back up again, burden free. We ask for Your help in forgiving those that have wronged us, give us the words to pray as we intercede on their behalf. Quicken our spirits so that we are reminded to react with humility and to pray for them as Your word tells us to. We love You and we give You all the glory and honor! In Jesus Holy name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: We have all wronged someone and had someone wrong us, how we react to those situations describes the depth of our walk with Christ. If we are striving for a deeper walk with Jesus, we will be more apt to quickly forgive and begin the conflict resolution process. If the other party wants no part of forgiveness and resolution and you have asked for or offered forgiveness you have done your part.
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 6:14-15; Ephesians 4:26; Ecclesiastes 7:9
In Christ’s Service,