If you’ve followed my blog at all in recent weeks, you will know that I am digging into the archives for blogs to repost as I work on finishing the book I am writing. This blog was originally posted on January 27, 2011. I don’t know if there was someone in my life that I harbored bitterness against when I wrote this post. But as I was reviewing this for the current posting, God immediately brought to my mind two situations that I find myself in the midst of where resentment and bitterness have begun to take root in my heart. I knew immediately I needed to repent and pray blessings over the other people involved in these situations. Ask for forgiveness? Not too hard. But pray blessings over them?? Really? Yes. Really.Here’re the scriptures to prove it:
Luke 6:27-28; 35 New International Version
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. But love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your rewards will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Luke 6:27-28; 35 The Message (MSG)
27-28 “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: 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 that person. I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.
We should love our enemies and bless those who persecute us first because we are being obedient to the scriptures when we do so. Doing this prevents us from becoming bitter. I heard someone say that being bitter is like drinking a cup of poison, and waiting for the other person (towards whom we are bitter) die. When we are angry and bitter, God cannot work in us and through us to bless others and ourselves. But when we pray blessings over our enemies, we release them and ourselves and God can pour out his blessings.
Our Father and God, I come before You today and if I harbor bitterness in my heart against anyone, please show me now. I pray that You will forgive me for being bitter towards _______________ (you fill in the name). Help me to forgive him/her. I pray that you will bless ________________ and his/her family. Provide them with their needs and bless them spiritually. In Jesus’ name,