bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Luke 6:28 (NASB)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
True righteousness and godly love are two sides of the same coin, but neither are possible by human effort, strict training,
mortifying of the flesh or by self-denial.
True righteousness and unconditional, godly love.. is the supernatural enabling of a child of God..
BY the Spirit of God, through faith.
To love our enemies and to do good to those that hate us, is impossible in our own strength.
Blessing those that curse us and praying for those that mistreat us.. without retaliation, is such a distinctive love.. that it is rare and beautiful, and only exhibited in the lives of those that die to their own desires, and live for the glory of God.
Every believer is positionally righteous, because we were placed “in Christ” at salvation.
We are united to Him and identified with Him by faith..
But living a life of practical righteousness and transmitting the unconditional love of God to others.., which demands that we bless those that curse us and pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us, is a human impossibility.
Godly love is only possible in those that have the indwelling Holy Spirit.. and it can only be expressed when that life is completely submitted to the Lord, in thought, word and deed.
The unconditional love of God should be manifested in the lives of all who trust in Christ, because we are united together with Him..
But it can only be revealed as we abide in Christ and He in us – as we die to self and live for Him.
Godly love is the fulfilling of the Law, and it is one of the greatest weapons in a Christian’s spiritual covering.
The unconditional love that comes from above.. is the divine life of Christ, being manifested through the physical life of a spiritual believer.
Such a person is one.. whose life is a living sacrifice, which is consecrated to the Lord.
The result is – that in His power, we are able to love as Christ loved: to love our enemy, to bless those that curse us, to pray for those who mistreat us.. and to do all for the glory of God.
Heavenly Father, my love is sometimes hard and cold.
I pray that I may die to self and live for Christ so that His supernatural love may pour through me to others, to His praise and glory.
Give me the grace to love my enemies.. as Christ loved those who nailed Him to the cross.
Help me to say with Him – Father forgiven them, for they do not know what they are doing, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” “It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.” Angry? Bitter? Enraged? Let it go. http://bit.ly/2kouga5 http://bit.ly/2jSvPcO Ephesians 4:31 -32, NIVGet rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Take it to God in prayer, Leave it in God’s hands, and Let it go. Finding it hard to let it go? Take it to God in prayer. Ask God to heal you and help you to let it go. God is willing and more than able to help you overcome anger and bitterness and instead fill you with His peace and joy. Take it to God in prayer, there is nothing too difficult for God to do. God will comfort you, heal you, and fill your mouth with laughter once more. Philippians 4:6-7, ESVDo not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Proverbs 3:5, ESVTrust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Jeremiah 32:27, ESVBehold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Job 8:21, NLTHe will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. LLuke 1:37, NLTFor nothing is impossible with God. Overcome Evil with Good Don’t be overcome by anger and hatred, even in the face of evil. When we allow anger, bitterness, resentment and hatred to fester, it spreads like a poison within us – giving an opportunity to the devil to affect other areas of our lives, our relationships, work, health, emotions, etc. By the grace of God, may we never be overcome by evil. May we instead always overcome evil with good, by the grace and power of God. Amen. Romans 12:21, ESVDo not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Ephesians 4:26-27, ESVBe angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. 1 Peter 3:9, NLTDon’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. ….. Luke 6:28, ESVbless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Romans 12:19, ESVBeloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Philippians 4:8, NIVFinally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Be Angry, but do not Sin in your Anger – Let it go. Yes, we will all get angry from time to time. But we are not to sin in our anger, or hold on to anger and bitterness. God gets angry too, but He doesn’t treat us the way we deserve in His anger. He doesn’t stay angry forever, and will give us chance after chance after chance. May we always follow God’s example and let go of anger and bitterness, always ready to extend kindness, love, forgiveness, mercy and second chances to others. I know God will grant us the wisdom and patience to deal with every situation as we encounter them. Ephesians 4:26, ESVBe angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Job 33:29-31, CEVGod gives each of us chance after chance to be saved from death and brought into the light that gives life. Micah 7:18, NIVWho is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Ephesians 4:32, ESVBe kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Matthew 6:14, ESVFor if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Romans 14:19, NIVLet us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Let go of Anger & Pain, and Embrace the Peace, Joy & Comfort of God Hebrews 4:16, KJVLet us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”