Pr. 15:18: “A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.”
In yesterday’s blog, I asked this question: if someone who has hurt you needs prayer will you pray for them?
When you or someone you love has a serious prayer need in your life don’t you desire compassion and aren’t you seeking for people to pray for you? Most of us are.
Now, say that the wrathful person you envisioned in this verse has a prayer need. Are you going to take time to pray for them? If someone who has previously injured you in some way now needs prayer, will you pray for them?
What was it that Jesus told us in Mt. 5:44-45? Get ready for it…
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, that you may be sons [and daughters] of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.”
Jesus said we should love our enemies. Not only that, but we should bless those who curse us and do good to those who hate us. Also, we should pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us. Why? So we may be sons and daughters of our Father in heaven. He makes us all, loves us all, and according to John 3:16, died for us all.
I have a testimony not meant for a blog, but the Lord once asked me to pray for someone who had seriously injured me. It seemed like an unreasonable request, considering the pain this person had caused me, and although I initially argued with God (in the pew at church), I eventually gave in. Once I did, I was lifted of a burden in a way I never could have imagined.
The Lord freed ME of anger…freed ME of unforgiveness…freed ME of pain and bitterness. I am much more equipped to forgive now than I was before, and I am so thankful for the freedom the Lord gave me when I trusted Him enough to do as He commanded.
We cannot control what the people around us do. All we can control is what we choose to do. We can choose to trust the Lord enough to follow His Word and do as He commanded.
Just like He showed me…there are great rewards in store when we do!
Give it a shot!