October 4, 2021

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6:27-31)
As we continue our look at the topic of “How to forgive when it is hard.” As I read (Luke 6:27-31) this morning, (v. 31) resonates with me (personally) as it says, “ And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
During my adolescence, I was known to have a short-fused temper, and my older brother, knowing that, would tease and torment me to get a reaction. I remember getting so angry with him; of course, my temper would come out toward him, and I would always end up the one receiving the punishment. I remember my Parents always mentioning to me, ‘treat your brother the way you would like him to treat you.’ Which brings me to our fifth point of how to forgive when it is hard, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
There will be times, friends, when people (even our loved ones) will hurt us or betray us so profoundly that we desire to return that same hurt or betrayal they have caused us. What comes to mind is (Psalm 106:1-12) where the psalmist reviews Israel’s rebellion and sin against God; no matter how much they hurt God, He still showed His mercy, faithfulness, and forgiveness to them. Who of us would be so faithful if those we loved had betrayed us?
My brother and I are the best of friends, and I would do anything for him. Yes, I have scars from my younger days growing up with my brothers’ teasing, but it was through that, that God shows me how fallen short and unworthy I am of the Grace He shows me each day. May the words of (v.27) reminisce with you today, that says, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Would you pray with me?
Father, please be with me every day. Watch over my steps and keep me safe as I act and make decisions in my life. In all that I do, prevent me from making the wrong moves, speech, and decisions that can lead me to financial and personal failures. Keep me away from deceitful people and false opportunities that are just out to scam people and rob them of hard-earned money and even their identity. God, please, protect me from evil men who prey upon good and helpful people. Guide my path and direct me to people that are sincere and good-natured. And lead me to job and business opportunities that pay fairly. This I pray, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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