People may hurt you in life and it is never pleasant, but it hurts much more the closer you have allowed that person to your heart.
I found it really difficult to free my heart from the hurt that a friend once caused me. What was worse was that they seemed to then set themselves up as an ‘enemy’ against me, refusing to even discuss the situation with me. I didn’t want bitterness to root itself inside my heart, and I could feel it setting in, so I went to the Lord and asked for help.
I barely closed my eyes and lifted my voice to the Father when the scripture from Matthew 5 came into my mind: “Pray for your enemies…” I knew it must be God because I wasn’t in a frame of mind where I would have thought to pray for them. I was hurt and angry, and that combination of offence produces bad things; but I humbled myself to take God’s prescription for my aching, hurt heart. I prayed. I prayed my best prayers for health and truth to come to this person. I asked God to work in this individual’s life and cause them to know God more. I didn’t pray for their harm but only that God would show us both where things went wrong. I gave it my best and when I was done, I felt a lightness in my whole self. I felt like a huge, gaping wound in my heart had been closed. I went into prayer with pain and came out feeling free.
When I was praying I even felt sorry for this individual. I felt sad for them and the turmoil they had in their life, and the burden of offence they were carrying and how that might block up blessing in their life. I saw things from a different perspective.
That was not a one-off. I felt so energized from praying for this person that I have done it often since that time. I don’t know how God does what He does – all I know is, when He asks you to do something, DO IT! They may be your ‘enemy’, but you don’t have to be theirs. Praying for these folks goes so against the spirit of hatred and offence and that is the heart of God. This is the heart that you now carry inside you.
The harder this task of praying for an enemy seems to you is an indication of just how much you need to do this. This truth set me free and I hope it does for you too.