Praying for the Person Who Has Hurt You

Someone I have loved very deeply for years

has hurt me.  It’s one of those ‘life changers’

Nothing seems the same.  In the midst of

happiness, comes the cold slap of reality.

Ouch.  Everyone says ‘time will heal’.  But,

I wonder.

 

Yesterday I got this voicemail:

 

“I know you are probably not inclined

but if you do feel like it, will you please

pray for me”

 

Inclined?  Frankly, I’m not.  But then

I remembered something Jesus said

(I memorized the King James verse when

I was a kid . . . . something about

‘pray for those who despitefully use you’.)

I dug around and found Luke 6:27-28 –

just before the ‘turn the other cheek, thing)

 

But before I took Jesus at His command, I

Thesauraus’d ‘despiteful’

and found the application to be

‘having little regard for, in spite of”

Yep, that’s my position.

I am hurting.  But,  it’s not about me.

(feels like it, but it’s not)

It’s about the person requesting the prayer.

Christ is the ‘game changer’ –not me.

And if He can use me to bridge the gap,

how could I possibly refuse?

Has nothing to do with ‘doormat’ theology.

God gives me the strength I need to stand

 

against wrong.

 

But, the same God who loves the ‘hurtee’

loves the ‘hurter’.

 

Pray for the one who has wounded you;

and watch what the Savior can do!

 

At the end of the chapter, Jesus says:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over . . .  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

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