Bless Your Enemies

When I’ve been wronged or someone close to me has been wronged, or I see wrong-doing in the world, it is basic human nature, it’s in human genes and DNA, to lash out… to right the wrong, or to fix it. Like a caged animal, human reaction is the desire to break free and attack the one who placed us in the cage.

The bible tells us not to fight back, not to attack, not to commit more wrongs, rather, to bless our enemies, to forgive and to wish the ones who wronged us blessings beyond measure. God is challenging us to do the opposite of what seems reasonable.

Matthew 5:43-45
"You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' "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 causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous..."

Other translations say, “Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you.”

In this season of Advent, we are reminded of God’s everlasting love for us knowing that God sent his son to bless us. This season is a good reminder to us that we need to love our enemies and pray for them. By doing so, we will enjoy the peace that comes throughout this season.

Dear Lord,
So far today I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossiped, cursed, or lost my temper.
I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent.
I am really glad about these things.
But, in a few minutes Lord,
I am going to get out of bed,
and from then on,
I’m probably going to need a lot more help.
Thank You,
In Jesus’ Name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Sarah Thompson

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