Friday, August 12, 2011

For A Moment Like This

The Word of God is likened to a two edge sword. And it is His job to bring conviction and judgement and not mine.

I have had 2 people in my life that have been a consistent enemy; intentionally causing much pain through words and deeds. For the pasts 13 years, I have been praying for them and had others praying.

Tonight I received a text from one of them, apologizing to me for all the bad things they ever said or done to me. If you are in the same situation, be encouraged and do not stop doing good. Lean not on your own understanding when God tells you to do something that goes against your natural instinct. Because in all honesty, what really matters lies in the eternal realm and not this immediate moment. Sharing God's love with others - no matter how hard it can be - is more important than being comfortable or being "in the right for the moment".

Sometimes sharing God's Word is not verbal but in how you act and react to situations that occur and your response is done with dignity, integrity and truth. You see, God is working through you at all times - even when you don't see it happening. Even when you are crying out to God about the situation, He is already working on all of the hearts involved. For the believer, it is trusting Him to bring the right outcome; For the one offending, it is getting their heart prepared to bring them to God or to bring them back into the circle of His love that they had known at one time and then walked away from. This particular person fit into the last category. And heaven is rejoicing when one recognizes their behavior and tries to make it right before God first and then to the people they have hurt. Although this person is now in their seventies, this person is still a child of God - the prodigal child returning to His circle of love.

Have you ever wondered how you would respond when someone who you consider your enemy comes and ask for forgiveness? Well, I have, a lot actually. And I have found that it is an overwhelming feeling of God's love and grace that fills my heart with compassion for them and gives me the strength to say the most powerful words on earth: You are forgiven.

And in your own life, when this time comes, be ready in your heart with forgiveness when your enemy does come to you and asks for forgiveness. Because if your heart isn't ready to truly forgive that person, you can do more harm than good - so work out forgiveness in your heart before you are ever asked to forgive and you will find your heart prepared for a moment like this.

Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.