September 12 – Blessed to Forgive, Praying for Those That Hurt

If you have lived long enough, you have probably experienced the truth that hurt people hurt people.  That painfully destructive cycle has unfortunately spun through the ages.  How different life can be if we choose to follow Jesus’ advice on this topic: “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.”

Sabina was old when I met her, but age did not define her, joy did.  Her family had been killed in Romanian Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Her husband, Richard Wurmbrand, had been tortured for Christ for over a dozen years while in several Romanian prisons. Richard spoke passionately at Russell’s Bible school sharing how one night he met the brutal soldier who had killed his wife’s family and lead him to repentance and trust in the Lord.  Returning to his home and gently awakening his wife, Richard introduced this man to Sabina.  She reached out with hands of peace to embrace her new brother in Christ.  Sabina lived loving her enemies, praying for them to know God’s forgiveness and blessing those who had caused her great pain.

Lord, I pray that the cycle of hurt can end with us. Please use us as instruments of healing to bless people even when our natural instincts are far from it. We need to remember how You forgave us and then call us to forgive others in order to live the way of blessing. This is hard.  Please help us.  We read about saints throughout history who have learned to trust You for justice and forgiveness.  For some practical application right now, I pray for ………. who has hurt me.  God, help me to give the situation to You.  Help me to do good and love appropriately with Jesus as my Helper.  Amen.

Luke 6:27-28 NLT