“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, 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 – Matthew 5:43-44 (NKJV)
Until you forgive and pray for your enemies, you don’t know the crisis in your own spirit. Forgiving and praying for enemies opens your spirit to LIGHT. Opens up your spirit in a way that nothing else does. It’s critical that you bless your enemies. – Mike Bickle
In a sermon on the Sermon on the Mount, Mike Bickle inserted this statement and it really spoke to me. Well to be honest it shook me up. Has me thinking tonight about something that God has been speaking to me lately….I have heard many say and even said myself, “I can forgive but I can never forget.” So glad that God did not say that in regards to me.
When I hear these words it kind of makes me sad. I can testify both to forgiving and forgetting. I know that in my own power I could have never forgiven much less forgotten some things of my life, but in God’s power both of these really are possible. It was possible for me to actually forget and it was possible for others to forget my transgressions and sins against them. We are all human. We all have at sometimes or maybe alot of times sought to help ourselves and our own and sometimes step on, over, or around others to do that. We’ve been hurt but probably actually no more than we have hurt.
I was forgiven much by my heavenly Father and because of the sacrifice of His precious Son, I was washed white as snow. I dont deserve it one bit. I am so thankful and I believe in my heart there is nothing that can be done to me by any human that is worse than what I have done to God, my Father.
So God is speaking to me about this. There is alot of “big” evil out there but what about the everyday stuff. See there is an everyday application required here for me too. Yes I know I can walk in forgiveness and the freedom forgiveness gives and yet still I feel God wants me to take these Words of Scripture and apply them because within my spirit there is a “crisis” this minister spoke of. So, tonight I start praying for my enemies…even if it is hard.
Think I don’t have any? Think you don’t? Jesus never said just pray for and bless those that hurt your really, really bad in a violent or even public way. He didn’t qualify it like that. And He knows my heart. Somedays I am really good about not speaking harshly about someone I don’t necessarily mesh well with but in my heart I go to places that the Lord knows I go. Maybe this is just someone that gets under my skin and on my nerves. Busted! He knows! How about those? Can I bless them? How about those that have blatantly spoken evil, accused? What of those that just ignore? Those I am offended with for whatever reason? Tonight I pray for and bless my enemies. Tonight I want to walk in the LIGHT!
We’ll see where this goes because just something that is being developed in my heart and truly convicted me tonight.