September 28, 2021

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is 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. (Matthew 5:44-45)
I believe I can say with a great deal of surety that all of us have been hurt by someone at some point. The question is, what do we do when the hard feelings we feel towards the person that hurt us feel almost burdensome? The answer we find in (Matthew 5:44), “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” So we need to “Love… and pray for our enemies.” What happens when we do differently from the grain of the world, and we love and pray for those who have hurt us? A change occurs in us; we find ourselves not angry with the person who hurt us, but the total opposite; we find ourselves concerned for the person. Isn’t that what Jesus did for us? Even though our sins hurt Him, He still went to the cross for us.
Friends, are you carrying the burden of someone that has hurt you? Hard as it may be, try to pray for that person, see what change takes place in you? Would you pray with me?
God of all mercy, I have come again before You on behalf of my trial. There is a person who continually hurts me, Lord, and I need Your help. Many times You tell Your children not to return evil for evil, but this is where my heart keeps taking my mind. I know that You want me to bless this person, even if they continue to hurt me. I am not You Lord, and I do not have what I need inside me to do this. You promise that with You, nothing is impossible. My Savior, please create in me the measure of faith necessary to believe that through You, I can walk away from this damaging relationship with my testimony intact. Second, help me to forgive this person, even if they do not ask for forgiveness. Lastly, please heal me so that I will not harbor resentfulness. I trust that all things are possible with You, Jesus! Amen.

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

 

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