KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:44 “” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
We have learnt that a heavenly minded person would forgive his neighbour who offends him or her.
In our study for today we would consider another way that we can employ to help us easily forgive and release people from our hearts. Our key scripture says as follows “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”. I believe most people would be saying this is a difficult thing to do. Please get this understanding once and forever, no instruction of the scripture is too difficult to be obeyed. What you need to do is to accept it and start acting in the light of what has been said. Every instruction in the scripture always carries with it the ability to obey (John 15:3, Hebrews 4:12).
Among all that our Lord Jesus said in our opening scripture is the call to PRAY for those who offend us and despitefully use us. Whenever you stand before God to pray, there comes a special release of Grace. Luke 22:43 “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven strengthening him”. The Lord received strength to do what he was praying about. The Lord would always strengthen you to love your offender. Now take this point. You can’t pray for someone and hate him or her at the same time.
When you are feeling so bad about a mistreatment meted to you, ask the Holy Spirit to help you love the individual. Bless him or her, ask the Lord to deliver him or her from the trap of the enemy. The Lord Jesus prayed for those who were persecuting Him. He asked for the Father to forgive them, adding, for they know not what they are doing. He explained away their offence, He said they don’t really know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34).
You can also explain away people’s misdeeds and mistreatment meted to you.
My goal is to be in heaven, and will not allow anything to prevent me, not even the offences people mete to me. I will always love them by praying for them.
Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots””.
Acts 7:60 “”And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep”.