This can be difficult sometimes!

Increasingly, I have found my thoughts returning to this scripture in Matthew 5:44-45 – “ I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven”.

These scriptures illustrate four categories of what people can do to us and we all experience them at one point or the other. What I found challenging about these words is that we are not only to forgive people who have offended us but we are actually turn around and bless them; Yes, we must bless the people who have wronged us. These are the things that actually mark our true identity as children of God and set us apart from the world. However, when we behave like these, we exhibit the supernatural nature of our heavenly Father.

To be truthful, this can be painful sometimes and we just about get to the stage where we forgive. Depending on the severity of the impact of the other person’s actions, sometimes, our natural instincts cry out for revenge or a reluctant ‘well, I leave you in the hands of God’; of course hoping that God will somehow punish the person (and disappointment if He doesn’t).

I have to admit that for me forgiveness is the easy part, but I do find it hard to go further and bless the person. But, forgiving the person without blessing them is partial obedience. Yet, if we want to please God, then we must obey the scriptures and emulate His ways.

How do you bless the person who has taken you to court and wasted both your time and money? How do you bless the businessperson who has defrauded you of your assets, or the criminal who goes into someone else’s house and steals their possessions? This is when it becomes real.

If we respond according to the natural instincts of the flesh, we are playing into the enemy’s hands. However, if we choose to respond in a supernatural way with divine love, we pattern ourselves after the nature of our heavenly Father. I believe that when you speak a blessing on them, you reverse the curse of their words or actions. Blessing them, I believe is for our benefit.

Our intercession releases the power of the Holy Spirit to work in the life of the person who has offended us. The result for us, by obeying the scriptures is that we ‘shall be perfect just as our Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). What a great call for a Christian!

From experience, this can be difficult initially but as we persist, it becomes easier and easier until it becomes part of us. The good thing is that if we are struggling to get started, the Lord will give us the grace to obey Him.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed


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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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