“Our love for God must be more than a warm feeling or emotional response that has no connection to the concrete realities of our lives. When we love someone, we live our lives in ways that show our affection to be true and genuine. We are especially attentive to the needs, concerns, and desires of the one we love. We learn to receive love and love in return, not simply by words of affection but through tangible acts of love, self-sacrifice, and faithfulness.”Author Boyd Bailey
If I love God, if I truly love Him, then I will love my enemies. I hear the echo of the Word stored in my heart as this wisdom goes deep in me this morning. I feel the Holy Spirit using it to gently convict me and push me off the broad path of the world to the narrow way of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit reminds me of what I know, what I have stored in my heart. I know that anyone can love those who are easy to love, but God is calling me to love those that have hurt me, those I label my enemies. This is love that is more than words. God has asked me to let go of my pre-planned reaction to them. Today I have decided, I will let go and let God use me as He wills with them.
I have been hurt divisively and vindictively by family. I said in my heart. I am finished with them. I have done all I can do to help them and they in return have slapped my heart, wounded my soul and caused me financial loss. But God brings me face to face with His Living Word and I realize I need to let go of my human conditioned reaction and respond through the strength of the Grace of God, according to His Word, which is always HIS Will.
So today, I let go of my preconceived plans and all my presumptions, I once again forgive and release, but this time not only do I release them, I release my will to God. Not my will but Yours, Lord God. Jesus is my model. He went to the cross, dying our death when we were still sinners. We hurt Jesus so much, yet He loved us through the hurt. The Lord has been gently coaxing me in this direction, healing me and it is time to step out of what I want to do into what He wants me to be. This is love. And I love Him and I want to serve Him, even if it hurts. He loved me, even when it hurt. I must do the same. So I am now willing to be in followship of Him, even in this situation where I said, “Never again, I am done with them”. Yes this is love, not mine but HIS.
There is powerful consistency in Jesus’ life. Again and again, He withdraws from the crowds to pray in solitude. Now, at this dramatic moment, Jesus again withdraws to pray—in a solitude made more intense by the fact that He has asked His disciples to pray, too, but they have fallen asleep. And in this moment of anguished emotion, Jesus mouths a prayer that resonates with His consistent message of the Kingdom. He has taught His disciples to pray, “May Your kingdom come,” which is a request for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Now, drenched in sweat, Jesus Himself prays simply for God’s will to be done, even if it means He must drink the cup of suffering that awaits Him in the hours ahead. We often speak of having faith in Jesus; but we seldom speak of the faith of Jesus, a faith He demonstrated consistently throughout His life and especially at its end. In a moment of agony, Jesus still trusted God, still yielded His will to God, and still approached God as “Father,” placing Himself in the position of a child, in trust—profound, tested, sincere. The Voice Commentary Of Luke 22
There are no “nevers” that the Lord is not able or will not cross and where I can’t follow. Never say never, it is not in the Lord’s vocabulary. It is all about my comfort zone. Am I willing to shake it up? Am I willing to bear my cross and follow Him, His way, His truth, His life, Wholly-Holy so? So the “I will never allow them in my life again”, it is off the table and my “YES LORD”, it is on the table. I was hurt, lied about, falsely accused, betrayed, spit on and lost much and so was Jesus, yet He went to the cross for us, he died our death so we could live His life. It is His way, truth and life I choose to live now. It is not an easy path, but it will be a well-defined path as I am led by His Holy Spirit.
Today I choose to lay down all assumptions, presumptions, and pre-planned reactions to these who have hurt me and I respond to Jesus and His Living Word. I forgive. I release them. I release my will. I turn to the cross, I fully face the ONE I love, my Jesus, Who will always forgive me, always be with me, never betray me, never falsely accuse me, never intentionally hurt me, never steal from me and I lay my YES Lord on the table of His heart. The grace of God is with me in my weakness, Jesus will infuse me with His strength to do His will. I will follow Him and deny my flesh. I will love like I have never been hurt. Jesus, I love you. Thank you for a love that endures, that remains with me as I “grow through” this life from season to season, change to exchange. I Praise You, Jesus, My God, My King.
“I realize that I’m helping myself when I choose to forgive. I’m also helping the other person by releasing them so God can do what only He can do. If I’m in the way—trying to get revenge or take care of the situation myself instead of trusting and obeying God—He has no obligation to deal with that person. However, God will deal with those who hurt us if we’ll put them in His hands through forgiveness. The act of forgiving is our seed of obedience to His Word. Once we’ve sown our seed, He is faithful to bring a harvest of blessing to us one way or another. Another way that forgiveness helps me is that it releases God to do His work in me. I’m happier and feel better physically when I’m not filled with the poison of unforgiveness.” Author Joyce Meyer
Unforgiveness tortures your mind. When unforgiveness is spinning your thoughts in a frenzy, your mind is stressed, noisy with confusion. Who is the author of confusion? The enemy is. Whenever I have unforgiveness in my heart, I have a mind that the enemy enters and creates all kinds of havoc like presumptions, assumptions and rationalizations all the divisive tools of my enemy at work in my mind. Ever party with a presumption? The endgame is not fun. This restless activity in my mind, it affects my soul and opens the door for bitterness to creep in. Bitterness is really a mirror image, it reflects the person’s characteristics who hurt you. Yes, how totally true that unforgiveness eventually leads you to be like the person you are currently bitter at. The person who is hating becomes the person who is hated. This is how the enemy very masterfully and cruelly works. Don’t give the enemy a foothold in your soul. Forgive, release and release.
Maybe you’ve decided that you won’t forgive someone who has wronged you. Guess who will be the one to get hurt? You will. Harboring resentment and unforgiveness will hurt you more than the person you’re refusing to forgive. If you want to be healthy and vibrant spiritually, then you must learn to forgive. Author Greg Laurie
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