43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
This is an area in my life where God has taken Sovereign control.
There was a time (so long ago), I was physically, sexually, and emotionally abused for about 10 long years. This verse (and many others) is what God used to align my thoughts with His. Of course it is not easy to love an abuser, or pray for those who despitefully use you. In fact, it is impossible on your own. But God never leaves us alone, even if it feels He is distant. He is forever by your side, and even though He may not deliver you from an abuser immediately, He will show Himself faithful in the right time. He can be trusted in all things.
Remember Jesus Himself was despitefully used and His response to His accusers was not in retaliation, but in prayer. He prayed for the ones who put Him on the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” He left us an example that we should follow in His steps.
When we pray for our enemies we free ourselves from being burdened down with bitterness, and resentment. As well as free your enemy to be dealt with by God Himself, for it is God’s job to avenge. Because God intervened, I am now a friend to the abuser of my past and he will ask prayer of me. Only God can do that!
I have had two different circumstances this week that would test my commitment to this verse, and though the enemy was hoping for a different response, I was obedient to God. Reconciliation was the result in both situations.
How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Reconciliation expands His kingdom. It draws people in. Love opens the gates. Reconciliation closes the gaps. Is there someone in your life who could use your prayers, instead of nasty remarks? Respond in love and they will turn towards God.
What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?
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