Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
~ Psalm 103:1 ~
As soon as you read this title , the rest of these words accompanied your tune and your heart found itself redirected to the lyrics of an all time , old , gospel great .You can reach to the very depth of your heart and know that if not for Christ in your life, you would amount to nothing no matter how much you have.
Matthew 5 vs 44
But I say to you ,love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you
and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
One of the greatest ways we can go about blessing the Lord is by blessing those who curse us, doing good to those who hate us and praying for those who spitefully use us and persecute us.
You are saying, donít be silly now, why must I even bother about those that hurt me? I donít need them around me .I rather cut my losses while I am ahead. Jesus looked at the face of his persecutors daily, he walked with his conspirers, he ate with the so called Ďoutcastsí and tax collectors. You will never know the love of Christ and understand his compassion unless you walk a mile in his walk .We sent the one who healed us, the one who set us free from bondage, the one who delivered us, the one who loved us , we sent him to the cross. With his last, dying breath he cried out ,íForgive them, for they know not what they do.í
Every Sunday at church and every evening on our knees , we cry out Lord ,create us in your image but yet we donít want to take up the cross and follow him. We say we forgive with our mouths but our hearts grow roots of unforgiveness and bitterness.
Confuse the devil by doing what Godís wants us to do rather than what we want to do. Meet the enemy on Godís level and not on the human level. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Hate the sin but love the sinner. Rebuke the principality but hold the person. Cancel the debt and clear the road for a brighter and lighter load. Let go of the pain but hold on to the harvest. Donít let the impact of anotherís actions stain you , instead let the impact of your actions bring restoration and reconciliation.
God will be pleased to know that we understand what Agape love is ,what forgiveness is ,what grace is when we extend all these three out to those who do not deserve it because we too received them from Christ without deserving it. Release Godís power and anointing over your life by releasing yourself into the selfless love of Christ.
Bless the Lord each day by blessing those all around you.
Dear Lord Jesus , help me each day to love my enemies, to bless those who curse me, to do good to those who hate me and to pray for those who spitefully use me and persecute me. In Jesus name I ask it. Amen