Forgive to be Forgiven
Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Forgiving our enemies – forgiving those who have painfully hurt us – is a WEAPON. It is a NUCLEAR WARHEAD equivalent weapon of many spiritual megatons!
And here I hear the Holy Spirit saying loudly is WISDOM: Do you want to know to WHAT DEGREE you have forgiven your enemies? What is your willingness to BLESS them? Most likely, if you aren’t willing to pray that God will bless them … you may need to allow God to do some MORE spiritual surgery on you. Maximized blessing from God STARTS with forgiving our enemies. Maximized blessing from God CONTINUES when we next chose to bless those very same enemies.
Romans 12:14 reinforces the wisdom of blessing our enemies:
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Romans 12:19-21 gives important direction and insights even more:
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; If he thirsts, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
And HERE is some key insight into this whole matter in verse 21 of Romans 12: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Now then … what does “blessing our enemies” fully entail? Does it mean that we are to become total pacifists and not defend ourselves and our loved ones if we have that responsibility? Does it mean we’re to let our enemies make us door mats to wipe their evil, filthy, dirty feet on? NO! That is NOT what God is talking about at all! It is ATTITUDE that God is addressing. Our attitude about how we respond to evil will ultimately restrain us from opening legal doors in the spirit realm for demonic powers to sift us like wheat … or restrain them from unduly raking us through their evil, tormenting coals.
Blessing our enemies FIRST is executed by praying that God will save our enemy from eternal hell-fire damnation. God’s will is that all people be saved, though we also know that out of the masses of humanity, only a small number will respond in making Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. But that’s not our problem. That is God’s doing and their doing with God. Our part is that we can pray for their eternal salvation. We have no real clue as to how important our praying for their salvation truly MIGHT BE … either!
Secondly, blessing our enemies is the Holy Spirit’s RESTRAINT for our continuing to give place to evil, and it is God’s wisdom in action. If a person is willing to make your life a living hell, chances are excellent they are fully capable of making a lot of other people’s lives a living hell as well, should circumstances dictate such. YOUR and MY prayer that God would hinder that person from being a puppet for demon spirits to use to make others miserable may be the ONLY means by which God dispatches His angels to battle against the evil spirits controlling that person — have you considered that possibility?
Thirdly, we are to let God be the ultimate judge. In so doing, that fully frees God to execute judgment as He determines regarding our enemy. If you and I do not pray for our enemy who is making us miserable with the attitude of blessing rather than cursing … could it be that God will NOT execute His judgment (prior to the Judgment Day anyway) against that person for making our lives miserable?
This third area of “judging our enemies” is probably the most crucial to understand when it comes to waging effective spiritual warfare against our enemies. With judging our enemy comes the danger of releasing our anger against our enemy. God has MUCH to say about our anger. God clearly tells us in scripture that when we allow our anger to control US … instead of US controlling our anger (with the help of the Holy Spirit of course) … we give evil spirits the LEGAL RIGHT to attack us
In every situation we have facing us where it involves being hurt by someone else … here is what the WISE person will do. They will take this individual and/or situation to the Lord in prayer, and ask and trust God to reveal to them exactly HOW they are to bless their enemy. There are no “blanket formulas” in blessing our enemies, hence the crucial importance of DILIGENTLY inquiring of God SPECIFICALLY HOW we should go about blessing the one or one’s who happens to be our enemy in any and every situation.
God will bless us simply because we are willing to bless our enemy. But MAXIMIZED blessing will be ensured when we inquire of the Lord as to just HOW we are to bless our enemy, and then obey His direction. You might be STUNNED in what God tells you to do when you inquire of Him as to HOW He would have you bless your enemy! But again … if you want to posture yourself to receive MAXIMIZED blessings from God … obedience to what He tells us to DO must be followed
God Bless You!