Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28

 

Do you ever have conflicts with others? Do you know someone who is hard to get along with? Have you ever been persecuted by anyone? How do we respond when someone is unkind to us, or hurts us, or curses us? How did Jesus respond?

The natural response would be to treat them the same way they treated us, but that is not how Jesus responded and that is not how we should respond either.

Paul said, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.”1 Paul said, “when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate”;2 Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord. ‘BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”3

Jesus said, “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.4 Think of someone who has hurt you, or mistreated you, or cursed you. Pray for them now, in love.

I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.5

1Romans 12:14,17 NNAS 21 Corinthians 4:12,13 NNAS 3Romans 12:18-21NNAS 4Luke 6:28,31 NNAS 5Ephesians 3:16,17NLT

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