Pray For Those Who Mistreat You

I stared at the email I had received from my husband this morning and I read the words carefully again.

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

Tears filled my eyes for I knew exactly why he had sent it. He knew I needed the reminder as did he.

Since January, I have met with obstacle after obstacle in regards to health/work issues. It has been very hard and while some people have been extremely sympathetic and helpful, a few people I've had to deal with during this process, seem to have gone out of their way to make a bad situation, even worse. It is easy to get frustrated and even angry at times like this. Especially when you provide them with everything they ask for and they want... more.

To tell you the truth, my husband and I both know that our instinct is to fight back. We are not alone in feeling like that. Others who know about the situation agree that we should "fight back". To tell you the truth, that suits me just fine but then... I read these words once again...

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

But... but... what about my rights? What about...?

I read the words again and I knew and my husband knew exactly what we have to do. We have to take all of our frustration, all of our anger, all of our rights and lay them down at the feet of Jesus. Not only must we do that... we must forgive and pray for those who we believe have wronged us and let God "worry" about us.

Part of my reply to my husband said:
We are Christians and we are not to behave like the world... we are to behave like Christ and if we have anger and/or bitterness in our hearts, we are not. How can God bless angry or bitter hearts? He can't.

The God who has brought us through so much will not fail us now. He has provided for us when we could not see a way out and He will continue to faithfully do so. We must learn to not be dependent on people, we must learn to be dependent on God for He will not fail us! Both of us believe in the omniscience of God. That means that this situation we are in did not catch God by surprise! He has made provision for us... whether we clearly see it or not.

Blessing those who curse us, praying for those who mistreat us... it may not be an easy thing to do... but it is the right thing to do! Indeed it is the ONLY thing to do!

Blessings!

K :princess:

@bethy
Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

Hmmm Im hearing you.

Its hard though, but then Christ said it would never be easy.
Good blog.

@pearl7
Ana Frankel @pearl7 ·

You are so not alone!

In Psalm 37:7-8 (New Revised Standard) it says:
7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret it leads only to evil.

I lean on this one constantly.

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

A husband who sends bible verses via email... what a precious and blessed thing to have!!

@childlikeheart
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Thank you for sharing of this reminder of blessing those who curse us, Sister K! God Bless you richly! Dave

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