‘Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’ Matthew 5:44 NKJV
An unforgiving attitude can keep you from moving forward in life. So isn’t it time you got serious about forgiving the one who hurt you? You say, ‘But then they’ll have got away with it.’ They’re not getting away with anything! God is qualified to judge; you’re not. Remember, your critics are making decisions about you based on limited information, but God knows the truth and He will deal with your detractors in His own time. By trying to defend yourself and prove them wrong, you’re stepping into territory that belongs exclusively to God. The Bible says: ‘Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone… never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the Lord. Instead, if your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.’ (Romans 12:17-21 NLT) Satan’s goal is to get you all tied up in knots and steal your peace. Don’t play into his hands! Christ, your example, prayed for those who drove the nails into His hands: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34 KJV) Your enemies may think they’re smart, but often they’re acting in ignorance. Don’t come down to their level by retaliating. Forgive them, and let it go.
SoulFood: 2 Chron 8-11; Luke 15:1-10; Ps 119:89-96; Pro 21:20-23
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014