Bless and Pray for Those
“Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” -Luke 6:28
What comes to your mind in response to questions like, "Who has hurt you? Who has offended you? Who has lied about you? Who has betrayed you?"
How quickly can you make a short list of people who have caused you pain? It’s easy, right.?
How many of your relationships have been shattered because their cruel words or actions that left you feeling betrayed?
I know it isn’t always the first thought but, how does God want us to respond to people who hurt us.?
Jesus gives us plenty of specific examples of how to treat those who have hurt us, and He concludes with, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Luke 6:36 Woooo! Talk about an impossible standard!
Why would God want us to bless someone who is treating us so badly?
Blessing others is a powerful protection to keep you from becoming bitter, hateful, and bent on revenge. The normal response to someone who curses you is to curse them back. When we do that we fall into the same sinful gutter the other person is already in. We stoop to their level. That’s why God says bless them and not after they have repented, but bless them even if they continue with that hurtful behavior.
He created us to do good works-not to curse others. Our actions need to be determined-not by the response of the other person-but in focused obedience on what God wants us to do. When you bless those who curse you, you show you are not a slave to that other person's behavior.
Remember the powerful promise God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse." God is saying, I will stand back and watch how other people treat you-and their response will determine My response. Thank You God for being with us through it all.
God says our way of treating people determines how He will treat us. When you bring this powerful truth into the picture, it begins to make more sense why you should bless those who curse you.
By blessing and praying for others you bring God's blessing on your life!