Thursday, September 5, 2019

Bless Them

5 September

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  (Ro 12:14; NIV)

This may be one of the hardest things for us to do, or at least it seems to be that way for me.  It is so easy for us to bless and love those who are kind to us but those who persecute us, well, that's another story.  Paul goes on to quote Prov. 25:21-22, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

Now, this does not sound like a Christian thing to do but stop and think about it.  When I was younger, there was always someone who for one reason or another, wanted to tease and make jokes about me.  When this happened, I would laugh right along with the others, and this seemed to really upset them.  As a matter of fact, their joke on me ended up being a joke on them because it bothered them more than it did me.  So, I guess I was feeding their hunger and at the same time heaping burning coals on their heads.  Of course, this was a self pouring of coals, which is even better.

If we start blessing everyone we come in contact with it will be much easier to bless those who come against us.  We can also bless for selfish reasons.  It seems when I go around praying for and blessing others, I feel better than if I were to go around complaining and being mad at them.  Just try it this week, bless everyone you come in contact with and see if you don't feel better.


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