Have you ever come across verses in the Bible that you wish the Holy Spirit had not included, such as those about loving our enemies?
Verses like these seem almost impossible to obey. And so intimidating that we are tempted to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. Here is an example :
“But I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).
Many of you have been hurt in ways I can only imagine. (I’m so sorry for what you suffered.) Yet, as difficult as it was to read Jesus’ words, He was also speaking to you. Maybe especially you.
When our pain is still raw, when the person who hurt us doesn’t seem the least bit sorry, we find it so much easier to close our ears (and our hearts) to the words of Jesus. But notice the first part of verse 27, “But I say unto you that hear.”‘
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Are we listening? Or are we so afraid to listen that we act like we can’t hear our Father’s voice?
As impossible as it may seem, we who have been hated, cursed and abused must listen to what God is telling us. When we hear (and obey) His Word, we gain the ability to destroy what the devil uses to break us.
Bitterness, resentment and rage have imprisoned us long enough. We need to change the way we deal with our pain. I’m not saying that you have to stay in an abusive situation. I’m saying instead of letting what happened to us cause even more damage, let’s ask God to help us do the “impossible” and love those who hurt us.
Perhaps we can start by asking God to help us apply Luke 6:27-28 to those who have hurt us by praying something like, “God, I don’t want to forgive (name of person who hurt you). has hurt). Help me to take the first step towards obeying You.
Even if we do it reluctantly at first, just because God’s Word tells us to, we will find unexpected peace as we free ourselves from Satan’s control. And hopefully, as we grow in our desire to obey God’s Word, we will skip fewer and fewer verses.