“Pray For Them” by Kirk Hunt
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; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:44-45 KJV
There it is. Red ink on white paper. Our Savior, Himself, commands us to bless and pray for the very people causing us the most pain.
Perhaps you’re like me. The very idea seems beyond your grasp. Certainly, the willingness is sorely lacking.
The idea really isn’t that hard. The level of effort needed isn’t beyond you. What matters is your ability to be obedient.
Your ego and emotions whisper like little devils against obedience. The actual hurts and slights beg for eyes and teeth as compensation. The common wisdom screams for revenge and retaliation.
Despite all of that, you know what you should do. Give forgiveness. Deliver graciousness. Pour kindness.
It may be wooden and awkward at first. That’s okay. Even clumsy obedience pleases God.
Think: God calls us to forgiveness and graciousness.
Pray: “Lord, help me to forgive, and bless, the difficult people in my life.”
Copyright © May 2009, Kirk Hunt