“Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you.” Luke 6:28
To “bless” means to say good things about, and to. If I bless someone, I use my tongue to bring honor and goodwill to. Sometimes this is hard when we’re experiencing conflict with another person. When we feel we’ve been unjustly accused, we’re wounded. But doing the right thing (and keeping on doing the right thing) honors God!
We have so many people in our world today looking for the easiest way, not the right way. We choose what’s convenient so many times over that which is right.
But what marks true leadership is that ability to know the right, and to do it, even in the face of extreme pressure, abuse, and sometimes downright hatred.
Keep on praying for those who’ve set themselves as your enemy! Many times it’s not you they have problems with, but the One who is inside you — Jesus! So say good things to and about your enemy. Pray for him, even when he uses you. God will take care of the rest.
Jesus, I bless my enemies today. I forgive him/her before they even know that I’m hurt, Lord, and I choose to bless — to love. There’s more than enough love in my heart from You, Lord, to overcome my feelings. Amen.