Updated: Nov 20, 2019
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.." Matthew 5:43-45
How should we deal with someone who has wronged us, hurt us deeply but isn’t repenting or asking for forgiveness? Jesus answers that question when He speaks of loving our enemies and offering them forgiveness. Jesus taught that love doesn’t merely forgive when another person asks for it. He teaches that love extends forgiveness to those who don’t ask for it or care about it. Doing good, praying for, and blessing our enemies means that God matters to us more than our enemy and even ourselves. If we are honest, we must admit that we wouldn’t care if something happened to our offenders; neither would we pass on the opportunity to make it happen if it were not for Jesus. He commands us to love our enemies because He loved us while we were yet His enemies (Romans 5:10). God loves all His children and His desire is for all of us to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) and yes that also includes those individuals that have hurt us. God has no partiality with His love. He has freely offered it to us all. However, only those of us that have received it through the belief in His son Jesus can be His free agents on Earth to extend it to others. The next time you are tempted to hold a grudge against your enemy, ask yourself "what would Jesus do?" Furthermore, think to yourself "what has Jesus done?" on the cross that is. It is extremely difficult not to forgive our offenders when we keep in mind our owns sins and offenses against Jesus who loved us in spite of them all. Make a decision today to forgive, after all....you have been forgiven.