Bless Who? Love Who?

Has anyone ever called you a name? Like, a really hurtful name? Whoever came up with that old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, lied. Sometimes words do hurt. But often times, if we are mature enough, spiritually speaking; to deal with conflict- the hurtful words of others won’t offend us at all. That is, if we know how to deal with them. God’s word is full of wisdom and truth. We can be sure that if we follow His ways, we will be blessed and rewarded. Look at what Jesus had to say to us in Luke chapter six about dealing with conflict.

27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32″If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

You have to understand something, Jesus stands for everything opposite that this world is. When this world says we should retaliate against the person who lashed out at us, they are wrong. Jesus says, “Bless them and pray for them”. Now, that doesn’t mean smart off to them, “I’m gonna pray for you!!” (Insert high and mighty Christian attitude here – cause I know Jesus and you don’t!! na na na na boo boo!!) To bless and pray means to sincerely, humble ourselves before the Lord on their behalf, and ask the Lord to draw them into fellowship with Him.

What if they are already “believers”? Pray. Pray. Pray.

When the world says fight, we should extend ourselves in peace. When the world says argue our point, because we have to have the last word…Wrong!  God will have the last word.  Believe it.

Verbal assaults reveal so much about the spiritual condition of one’s heart. Luke 6:45 says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

Final Thought- When you speak, what is your heart revealing to those around you? Do your lips exalt Him and good things, or do they reveal a more serious, underlying heart condition?

Published in: on February 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Beautiful, Nae. I LOVE IT!! The verses you referenced are some of my favorite. (They may even be my life verses… you know, the ones that represent me the most.) They have gotten me through so much already. What a blessing that you have decided to write about them too! My pastor also says “What dwells in the well comes out in the bucket.” He means, you can really tell a person’s heart by how they speak. It’s true! And God has used you to deliver that message. Praise the Lord!! I pray that your message will touch the hearts of many, and help us ALL to give unconditional love and deliver kind words to everyone!

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