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Forgive Them

Wed, Apr. 15, 2015 Posted: 10:13 PM

Our Lord Jesus is our example in every circumstance of life. When He was on the cross being pummeled with the hatred of men, and with the vitriol of hell, He said, Father, forgive them…..Why did Jesus ask His Father to forgive them? In the midst of intense hatred Jesus loved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Jesus came to redeemed us back to our God. He died for us, so we can be forgiven.

 That is why He calls upon us to love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44 our Lord said, ….“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.” Love your enemies. It is only through God’s love that we can love our enemies, we can do good to those who hate us, we can bless those who curse us. It is only through God’s love that we can pray for those who use us, abuse us and persecute us. God’s love in us will enable us to love our enemies. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We have no excuse not to love our enemies. To love our enemies is to forgive them.

It is the will of God that we love our enemies. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be like Him. He wants us to imitate Him as dear children. We have all seen children who remind us of one of their parents either through their bodily features or in their mannerisms. Some of us will say he or she is the image of his or her parent. Our heavenly Father desires to see Himself in us.

Our Father “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”. Matthew 5:45. God is good to all. God loves us. We were and many still are God’s enemies. Yet He sent His Son to die on Calvary’s cross to redeem us to Himself. God loves His enemies and so should we.

  Love covers a multitude of sins. When we love, we will forgive. When we forgive our enemies, we will be able to pray for them according to God’s will. Many of God’s people are being persecuted around the world, and even here in the United States to some degree. We should pray for the persecuted believers and we should also pray for their persecutors. What should we pray? We should pray for deliverance and grace for the persecuted. Should we pray for our persecutor’s demise? We should pray for their salvation. We should pray that God would intervene in the persecution. “Vengence is mine”, said the Lord. He will judge righteously.

Repay no one evil for evil …. Romans 12:17 If another believer in Christ wrongs you, pray for that person. God will judge His people. Hebrews 10:30. If unbelievers persecute you, pray for their salvation. “For their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, Deut 32:35 Do not retaliate or try to correct the person or persons in wrath. Allow wrath to have its way. God will answer their wrath. God will respond. God knows and sees the situation in its entirety. “ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God” Hebrews 10:31. Leave the person(s), leave the situation to God. He will judge righteously.

 “Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Romans 12:20. Your enemy will feel uncomfortable, his/her conscience will bother him/her. He may repent of his evil deeds. She may even ask for your forgiveness. He will see the love of God in you. She will see your Father God in you, and this is what God desires.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21. Do not be a purveyor of evil. Do not continue the evil. Let the evil stop with your goodness, with your humility, with your confidence in God. Yes we will be upset by the evil, but let us pray. Do good to the person(s). Our Lord Jesus when He was on the cross asked His Father to forgive all those who had participated in his crucifixion. They were all forgiven instantly of their participation in His crucifixion, except Judas. He killed himself. He wanted no forgiveness.

 It is the will of God that we love, pray for, and forgive our enemies.

June Samuel