Wednesday, July 05, 2006


We cannot imagine how Jesus felt, as he hung on that tree, being crucified for us. He under went so much pain inflicted on his body; yet, he never said a word to those that were doing the damage to his body. They mocked him and gave him vinegar to drink. But, His words were "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do". (Luke 23:34)

No matter how horrible life gets, or how people treat us, we are supposed to love those who hate us. They may curse us, call us all kinds of unjust names, but God said to 'love them'. We may not understand their reasoning (they think they are just in all this), or forget what they say or do to us, but we must forgive.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Through all our persecutions (and yes, He said we would have them - Mark 10:30), He will be with us. And, in the end, He will give us eternal life. What a glorious thought to know we will one day live and reign with Him. But, we must continue to serve Him here on earth, and forgive those who do not share our passion for Him and who hate us in return. But, remember, scripture says we aren't fighting man, but:
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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The MaryHunter said...

This is one of, if not the most important, Christian ideal...

And then, there's bin Laden. And Islamofascists in general. Who purely and completely hate us, want us to either become dhimmi or die.

What does one do then? How does one love and forgive?

Barbara said...

There's no way, we, within ourselves, could accomplish that. If it wasn't for the Holy Spirit, I'd have a tough time loving lots of people! It's the love of God within us that helps us over the hump.