Monday, 12 September 2011

An eye for an eye - Yesssss - No????


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!
God bless
Tracy

Linking with Jen at Finding Heaven for Sol deo Gloria 

19 comments:

  1. I agree with you, but sometimes it is easier to see their brokeness than at other times, so thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Awesome reminder. Wow. Sometimes itys easier to let something eat at you, but in the long run, all you do is bring more harm upon yourself as you wallow in bitterness and anger. Someone once said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping your enemy would die. Thanks for this post. I needed to hear it again. I need to forgive. What a challenge. But at the same time, what a faithful God we serve.

    Liesl

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  3. Hummm . . . I'll have to admit, this message is going to take much work on my part.

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  4. It certainly is a challenge for me at times Tracy; I have found that not only must we forgive others, but forgiveness in our own mind regarding our impression of others and how they might judge US is also important.

    Once we get through the hurtful situation that clutters our thinking we may then send love and prayer to that situation and let them go... just let them go and send them on their way with love.

    Thanks for these thoughts today my friend!

    Blessings and love,
    Denise

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  5. Hi Stefanie - I agree, I see their brokenness when they are not hurting me, but when they are hurting me, I see my hurt and that is where God wants me to be different

    Hi Liesl - excellent, I love that! I'm done with drinking poison. I'm not at the point where I can shower my enemy with love, but I can shower them with prayer.

    Hi Madame Wildflower, you and me both - much work to be done, and much of God's grace to absorb.

    Hi Denise - I agree with you. The problem with my enemy is at this point in time, the battle is ongoing, so we have to forgive daily and try to prayerfully see them as God sees them.

    Thank you ladies for your comments. I truly value everyone of them and your encouragement.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Tracy,

    Loving someone and forgiving them doesn't mean we have to have a relationship with that person, it doesn't mean we have to like them, but when we choose to love them because Jesus first loved them because they were created in His image it releases us and the bitterness in our hearts, choose to love someone, pray for them and then let them go, love the sinner hate the sin.

    Blessings to you Tracy

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  7. Wow, Tracy, just read Erin's words about forgiveness. Very powerful. Thank you for sharing it!

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  8. Look at your enemy through the eyes of Jesus. So hard yet so easy. If we just see them as He sees them we can forgive and be a friend to them. Thank you for this encouragement.

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  9. Tracy,
    Thank you so much for referring people to my blog. I love your picture of the broken vessel. I remember once, when someone had hurt me very badly, I said to them, "You broke me". He said, very quietly, "I didn't mean to and I can't fix you." I had to realize at that moment that the Lord heals the wound & the mercey we bestow to the one who's hurt us, heals us.
    You bless me so much, Tracy, so much!
    I love you!
    ~Erin

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  10. This is really great encouragement Tracy! Seeing people and life through His eyes really does change our perspective completely, doesn't it?! I finding that's where His peace is found :) Have a blessed day!

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  11. Forgiveness is hard for us because it goes against the grain of what we think..but until we learn that forgiveness frees us many people will remain in bondage...this is a lesson I had to learn and I am still learning it but one thing I refuse to be in bondage by any person so it's easy for and best for me to forgive them ask God to restore me and leave that person in God' hand..

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  12. Hi Kandi - I agree, love the sinner and not the sin. Seeing them through God's eyes, compassion comes, slowly, but it comes. Great points Kandi

    Hi Eileen, when I read it I battled to hold back tears. Really powerful

    Hi Jenifer - Yes, the trick is to see them through His eyes, perspective changes

    Hi Erin - I love how you say the mercy we bestow to the one who hurts us, heals us. That is powerful. Thank you for your encouragement Erin, i truly appreciate it and I say to you too, YOU bless me!

    Hi Heidi - it definitely does change perspective and like you say, His peace is there.

    Hi Desiray - it is a valuable lesson to learn, that forgiveness frees us. I am constantly learning that lesson, because unforgiveness does nothing to the hurter, it just damages the one hurting.

    Thank you ladies for your comments. they bless and encourage me
    God bless
    Tracy

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  13. Great post, Tracy, and so true. We aren't left with choices on this point. God said if we want to be forgiven, we must forgive. So hard to do sometimes. When trying to forgive someone, I always think about what God sees when He sees me. It's the same thing He sees in the other person, that makes me the same as my offender and helps me put things into perspective.

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  14. I'm going to jump over and read Erin's post, but I wanted to leave a comment here first. In the moment it is so hard to remember that Jesus died for the one who hurt us too. But we weren't worthy of the forgiveness we received, but it was freely offered. We need to offer that same forgiveness to those who hurt us. Great post, Tracy!

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  15. Such a great reminder that our battle is not against flesh and blood...but rulers and authorities and powers of in this dark world. Great call to prayer too. Sometimes it is the hardest thing to do to pray for those who have persecuted you...but at the same time...such a great opportunity for God to work in their live...and also in ours. Great call to healing for all who read, Tracy. ~ jen

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  16. Unforgiveness doesn't bother the one who is the perpetrator, it only causes bitterness on the part of the one who won't extend the forgiveness.

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  17. This is so good Tracy. Forgiving is so very hard...especially when it's family! It's only through the grace of GOD that we can!

    Love you friend...Chelle

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  18. Hi Deidra - valuable point, God does not give us an option, its forgive to be forgiven.

    Hi Lisa - grace and mercy extended to us, grace and mercy extended from us. Amen

    Hi Jen - reminding myself its a spiritual battle helps put things into perspective

    Heart n Soul - thank you, Erin's post was heart grabbing!

    HI Allison - so true, holding unforgiveness only damages the one holding it!

    HI Chelle - yes, only with God's grace. Without it unforgiveness would have crushed me by now!

    Lovely ladies - I so appreciate your comments. they help me put things in perspective and encourage me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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