Matthew 5:44 ESV But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Many of us experience haters, those who seem to constantly strive to bring us down. Jesus teaches us to love our enemy and forgive those who mistreat us. This post provides tips on how to forgive our enemies, those who mistreat us, and step away from our sinful nature and be loving and forgiving.
Ephesians 4:32 ESV / Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Luke 6:37 ESV / “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Love is the most important factor in the Christian walk. We are to love God; love your neighbor; love your enemy, and love yourself. This Christ-like love requires forgiveness. How can you love someone if you are constantly focused on the ‘evil’ they have done you [whether perceived or real]? How can you love a neighbor whom you don’t know; or a friend who has transgressed against you? How can you love yourself if you are constantly beating up on yourself for past mistakes? (Is there any human who never made a mistake?) Our weak human vessels make it very difficult to display love in these situations. However, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit He has given us we can do this.
Hebrews 6:1-20 ESV Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, ..
Faith provides the believer the power, ability and strength to live according to God’s Holy Word.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The believer is required to do more than just believe, but must also act.. Our walk and talk must be congruent. We are not to say one thing and do another. Rather what we do should be the same as what we say. If we say we forgive our behavior must be consistent with that. We do not look for ways to punish or retaliate against those who have misused or mistreated us.
Colossians 3:12-14 ESV Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Our flesh is weak. When we are mistreated or abused our tendency is to respond in kind and seek vengeance.We want to repay hurt with hurt. But God say vengeance belongs to Him. [Romans 12:9 NIV Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.] Whose revenge is likely to be more powerful and effective—yours or God’s?
FIVE REASONS TO FORGIVE AND LOVE
l. Required of Christians. Many bible verses instruct us to love and forgive. See above. Ephesians 4:32, Luke 6:37, Colossians 3:12-14.
2. Rewards for obedience. Hebrews 11:6 ESV And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
3. Give more; get more. The more love we give, the more love we receive. Luke 6:38 NLT Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
4. Must forgive to be forgiven. If we want God to forgive us for our miss-steps, we must forgive others. Luke 6:37 [see above]
5. Love. Fill your hearts and actions with love. Become so busy with acts of kindness and love you have no time available for other actions which may be harmful or hurtful. Jesus is love. As Christians and followers of His our behavior should reflect His love. Love not because someone is loveable, rather because he or she is one of God’s creations. Love because we want to be loved. It is easy to love the loveable, but challenging to love the unlovable. A question to ponder—am I always lovable? Hmmm!!!
Have a blessed day. Love on someone today. Begin your new habit of forgiveness by forgiving yourself. God will, you have only to repent and ask.
HLC Ministry Team