-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have got to tell you something. Out of all the devotionals I have ever written this one is by far the hardest one for me to write. I have had it on my heart since December, and yet I have not been able to sit down and write these words. I know, I know, shame on me, but let’s be honest here for a minute.
When someone hurts you, I mean, really hurts you…deep down to your core, well, that is not something that you just bounce back from. It takes time. It takes prayer. It takes repentance. I have had months to grieve, to seek God, to pray, and to try to forgive. A good friend of mine had told me to “start with your head and your heart will follow” and that has proven to be great advice.
It is my hope that today’s word will help you to heal, to forgive, and to move on faster than it did for me. I am not there yet (oh how I want to be), but I AM on the road to forgiveness. I will forgive those who have hurt my family, but I will never forget. And to be quite honest, I think that is ok…for now I seek God’s word and here is what He has laid on my heart for today.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”
Ah, there is the fundamental truths of loving your enemies.
Check this out…
Love Your Enemies
Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst
Respond in prayer
Ok, is it me, or does that seem extremely simple, and yet at the same time so profoundly hard at the same time.
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Come on ladies, you know what I am talking about. Love hurts. Friendship hurts. Marriage hurts. Kids hurt. Ministry hurts. Each of these relationships are things that you pour your heart and soul into and sometimes, well, sometimes the things that are the closest to you hurt the MOST! Am I right?
Do you give up? NO! We are fighters, and each of us has been called according to His purposes for our lives [Romans 8:28]. We can’t quit. We can’t give up, give in, or throw in the towel. Love is a Battlefield…right?
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Is it simple? Yes, it can be. Is it easy? No, not usually. Is it what you, as the Daughter of a King, should do? YES, YES, and YES!
I wish I had the answers for each and every one of you, me included, but all I have is this…
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
There you have it…Forgive. Take it one day at a time. Seek God. Ask for His strength. Forgive with your head first. Your heart will always follow. Remember, Love IS a battlefield, but the things that usually matter more in life are always worth the fight.
On the Battlefield,