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Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. Rom 12:14 AMPC
Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]. Luke 6:28 AMPC
God is always calling you higher. Just when you think you’ve mastered a thing. Just when you become settled in your own ‘righteousness’, He calls you to move on to uncharted territory, to new places of forgiveness that require a dependence on Him and surrender to Him that you have never had before. This new place requires more of you. Just when you thought you laid it all on the altar, that you toed the line. You died to self, reasonably, in light of the situation. After all, one must retain one’s dignity and even a small sense of pride, right? Wrong.
In order to go where God is taking you, you have to check your pride at the door. You have to leave behind your entitlement to apologies, take off your victim costume and move on. He’s calling you to a new place in your journey of forgiveness where you begin to seek the good of the ones who hurt you.
At one time, in the old place, a simple, “God bless them wherever they are”, would seem sufficient. Not speaking ill of them because you choose not to speak of them at all seems quite enough. But the Potter has come again to mold His clay. To take you through the process of kneading out some rough places you were unaware of. To refine you in the fire.
The place He is taking you to is a place of intercession for those who have knowingly wronged you. The ones who spitefully hurt you and wished you ill. The unlovely ones. There are those whose sins against us we can more easily look past, maybe even empathize with. But there are those who have treated you in unthinkable ways. The ones who disgraced and degraded you. The ones who took pride in insulting you, and stepping on you to make themselves feel taller. Those who treated you with disdain and disrespect, who treated you like you were nothing. God is calling you to ministry to those same ones. Those unlovely ones. The emotional lepers you vowed never to touch again. To do the unthinkable for the unlovable.
He isn’t calling you to ministry in a way that will make your name known. Where onlookers would marvel at your forgiveness and applaud you for your maturity. Here you have no audience to cheer you on. He is calling you to your prayer closet. To the place where you close the door behind you to pray to your Father (Matt 6:6). God is calling you to the place where empty ‘God-bless-thems’ will not do. To a place where you genuinely wish good for your abusers. To a place where you don’t just ask for their good, but you beg and implore God for their happiness. To the place where your heart can now ache for them to know Christ and the healing power of His mercy and love. For that is where true happiness lies.
God is calling you to this place, not to break you and to reopen old wounds. It is a place where you will see behind their masks of cruelty lies a soul in desperate need of your Father’s touch. This place is the place of deeper healing than you ever imagined. Praying in this way empowers you in ways you never thought possible. Frees you in ways you never dreamed.
The Father is calling you. Will you go? Will you take His hand and trust Him to guide you to this new place of healing?
Love & Blessings,