RESPOND WITH LOVE
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grevious words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
1st Corinthians 13:2 (KJV)
2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
As Christians, we are called to a lifestyle of love – unconditional love even towards enemies and unfriendly people.
Some months ago, I went to see a friend in her hostel and although she knew I have arrived, she kept me waiting. She probably thought I would get angry and leave, but I waited patiently.
Finally, after several hours, she came in to attend to me and met me smiling. She found it hard to believe. “You waited?” she asked and I responded “Yes dear.”
Immediately, her previously unfriendly countenance towards me changed. Today, that ‘unfriendly’ lady is now one of my blossom friend. Responding with love to those who wrong you, you will confuse and win them over to your side.
Have people been hurting you with their words and actions? From now on, smile and do good to them. Is anyone persecuting you because you are a Christian? Why not pray for them to have an encounter with Christ, so they can change?
When you respond with love to those who hate you, some may see you as a fool and try to advise you otherwise. Ignore them and obey the counsel of Jesus because 1st Corinthians 1:25 says “…the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Don’t abuse or insult anybody, your words should be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6). Don’t try to avenge yourself because vengeance is of God and not man (Romans 12:19).
Don’t pray for your persecutors to die because God is not interested in the death of a sinner (Ezekiel 18:23, 32). No matter what you are going through in the hands of anyone, always respond in love. By doing so, you will save yourself and the person too and this is the will of God.
Father, give me the grace to respond in love to all those who hurt me.