Pray for Those Who Spitefully Use, Persecute You
Lyndia Grant | 3/27/2013, 1:36 p.m.
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. (Matthew 5:45)
How many of us out there find this scripture a hard one to swallow? Most of us would rather devise a plan to get back at someone or teach them an invaluable lesson.
This week is Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday weekend, a time when we've got to begin to take off all of our old grave clothes, by that I mean; those negative behaviors we have. We need to put on fresh clean clothing; by getting a new and more positive outlook on life.
Don't think about bringing harm to anyone who has done something to you. You can forgive and be nice to others every minute of your life, even when you don't feel like doing so. It's scriptural! Read Matthew 18:21-22, which says:
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"
22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times
Once upon a time, I worked with a young lady, and all she wanted to do was gossip, gossip, gossip. One day I got really tired of that and the Lord led me to some scriptures against gossip. I shared them with her. She didn't like what I had done one bit, but it helped her. She never said another unkind word about anyone else to me, in fact, she stopped talking to me altogether. My words were scriptural, I also prayed for her as well.
Notice in Matthew 5, Jesus said, "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you." Love, bless, do good - not just for your friends, but for your enemies as well. That is God's way, and when we follow it, we show ourselves to be sons of the Father. "Sons" speaks of maturity, and our love and kindness toward our enemies demonstrates that we are indeed part of the family of God - we're living up to the family name.
There are battles and negative circumstances which God's people must face, even as the unjust do. But they do not come from God. God gives only good gifts (James 1:17) tells us: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
God's purpose is for us to be a means of blessing. When He blesses us, it is not only for ourselves, but for all those around us as well. In that way, even our very presence becomes a blessing to others, for God will always watch out for us and take care of us. He blesses with such abundance that we cannot help but share with others.
We are called to partner with God in blessings. We are to demonstrate our love, even to our enemies, to bless even those who curse us, to do good deeds for them, even for those who hate us. That's what it means to be "grown up" in the Lord, and everyone will see who our Father is in us.
This Holy Week, have a forgiving heart, love your enemies. The Word said He will make your enemy your foot stool. Amen.
Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on WYCB 1340 AM, Fridays at 6 p.m., a Radio-One Station; Religious Columnist; Media Coordinator; Major Special Events Coordinator; Author & Inspirational Speaker. Visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com; call 202-518-3192; send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.