The other day I was catching up on everyone's posts and came across Erin's post called I was Forgiven. I was holding back tears as I read the post. It is very powerful, please go check it out.
Basically it boiled down to - Look at your enemy through the eyes of Jesus. Jesus looks at the one who is hurting you - and He sees - brokenness, hurt, disappointment, rejection, a need for salvation, a need for restoration, a need for healing.
|How Jesus sees your enemy - broken!|
When I look at my enemy - this is not what I've been seeing. I've been seeing in the natural, the flesh! God wants me to see the spiritual battle that is a play to keep my enemy lost and to trip me up by keeping me focused on my hurt.
When you look at your enemy through Jesus' eyes, you start to feel compassion, grace, mercy, a desire to pray for them. Yes, it takes time to "feel it" but you can immediately start to "practice it".
Matt 5 v 44: 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.
I know this, but when I wallow in my own hurt, I focus on the wrong things. So I am grateful for God waking me up with Erin's post, I'm grateful for His word which directs and admonishes and encourages and promises. And I'm so grateful for His grace and mercy on my fickle heart.
My encouragement to you is, if someone has hurt you, and you are battling to deal with it, to forgive, or to let go; Try looking at them through the eyes of Jesus - you cannot help but have compassion for them - and then, pray for them!
|Pray for them!|
Linking with Jen at Finding Heaven for Sol deo Gloria