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I recently shared a devotional on Forgiveness. Here’s the outline for reference / resource. To download this, follow the link below.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. – Colossians 3:13 [NLT]
Parable of the Unmerciful Servant – Matthew 18:21-35
PRAY FOR THEM:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44 [NIV]
THINK LOVING THOUGHTS:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus; Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:3-8 [NIV]
ACT IN LOVE:
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” – Luke 6:27-28 [NLT]
EXPECT THE BEST:
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7 [NLT]
You are not going to like everyone and everyone is not going to like you. The Bible says to love your neighbor, but Jesus made a point to tell us to love our enemies. It is hard to love people who do not love back but Jesus told us how to respond—with prayer.
Pray for those who persecute you. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those who are more difficult to love. Pray. Pour out the energies of prayer and watch God move.
Your prayers may not change the person, but they may change you. Pouring out love rather than hate is always the best response. Acting in compassion never goes unnoticed. Your show of mercy may plant many seeds. Keep on loving. Keep on praying.
“I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.”
-Matthew 5:44 [MSG]