Jesus said, “love your enemies. Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.”
All kinds of psychological conclusions can be made on this subject, including “returning good to an enemy can cause them to rethink their actions and possibly change” Or “the person’s desire to vent or engage in confrontation may be defused.” The Bible tells us that “returning good for evil is like pouring hot coals on their heads.”
The fact is: Jesus said, “Whatever we want done to ourselves, do to another person”. Simply put: whatever we want for another will be done to us. It would, therefore, really be stupid to want harm, misfortune or physical pain to come to anyone -including an enemy – unless we wanted a double dose of harm, misfortune or physical pain to come to ourselves.
How then do we forgive or wish blessings for an enemy? The Bible (and Jesus repeated it) tells us that we must “love our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength” and to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” We can’t love someone if we don’t know them. We have to understand why the person acts a certain way, or what psychological pain from the past is working inside of them. It is important to understand the person if we are ever to have any empathy for them, or develop a desire to pray to God to help that person with the pain that is causing them to harm themselves, harm others, and separate themselves from God. When we can do that, then we will, not only avoid harm to ourselves from our own desires, but we will receive a double blessing by blessing or praying for them.
Wanting revenge for another is asking that we suffer the revenge upon ourselves from the act of another. Pretty dumb, isn’t it. Yet, loving, blessing and praying for blessings for another person ensures that God will pour out His blessings on us. This is an impossible task for the natural man, but the more that we love God with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength, the easier it is to love our neighbors and our enemies as we love ourselves. Do we fight the world as secular people, or do we bring love into the world as Godly people? Do we seek revenge and find pain and misfortune in our lives. Or do we heap blessings upon ourselves by serving God and blessing others? The act of forgiving is to not want punishment for your enemy’s action – to the point that you pray that God forgives them. Remember, as Jesus hung on the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
If we have trouble with this choice then we need to walk closer to God. “I John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Walk then, in the light. Lay aside your anger and find time to bless and pray for others – even your enemies.
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