“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28
The greatest test of our faith is when we have to forgive. How easy we can show our love and devotion to God by serving on the praise team, by blessing someone financially, by giving an encouraging word, or through prayer and fasting, but when it comes to forgiving a hater, a betrayer, an accuser, a thief, or an unremorseful adulterer, many find it extremely hard to forgive. It’s as though we think Jesus’ death on the cross was easy for Him just because He was Jesus. On the contrary, He felt every punch, every lash tearing at His flesh, every beating, and every amount of heartbreak from being abandoned by His friends. He felt it all. Yet, He made a choice to forgive and endure the cross so that we could be saved. Now He looks at every one that professes Him as their Savior and Lord and says, “If you truly love Me, forgive your cheating husband, forgive your supervisor, forgive your backstabbing friend, forgive that hypocritical preacher, forgive that murderer, forgive that liar—forgive”. And He doesn’t stop there, He requires us to go above and beyond and love our enemies, do good to them, bless them, and pray for them. OMG! Why? Because that’s exactly what He did for us. He went above and beyond and commands we do the same. Forgive and others will be saved.
Prayer: Father, no matter how hurt I feel by someone’s actions toward me, I choose to forgive them. I love You more than my desire to hold on to any bitterness or resentment against anyone. Forgive me Lord for being unforgiving and unmerciful. I pray that You use me to bless them and show them Your love and kindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.