When we have to deal with past hurts, everyone knows that what we are suppose to do is forgive, because it’s the right thing to do, even when it’s extremely difficult, we know what we are suppose to do. However, not many of us will take the next step after forgiveness, the next step God wants us to take.
A very common misconception most of us have is that all we need to do is make the decision to forgive someone and then our job is done. However, Jesus also said, “Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing upon those who abuse you, who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you.” (Luke 6:28) On top of that, Romans 12:14 says that we are to bless the people who persecute us and treat us cruelly.
Wow, we are to actively bless our enemies. Pretty tall orders, but God does call us to extend mercy to even people who do not deserve it. So the question is why?
It’s because when we forgive, we open a door for God to heal us, but in all honesty, this doesn’t do much for the person who was the one that offended you. But, when we bless them, we are asking God to bring the truth to them so they can repent and they then can experience the real freedom that He provides for all. Forgiveness sets us free…blessing our enemies sets them free.
God, I thank You for helping me walk in forgiveness but I don’t want to stop there. I ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In the same way that You have brought healing to my life, bring healing to them so they can experience Your goodness and walk in Your love.