“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” ~ Matthew 5:43-44
One of the hardest things in life is to recognize the sabotagers in your life but not move against them or strike back after an attack. The Bible refers to this as “turning the other cheek” or “do not return evil for evil, but repay evil with good”. [Matthew 5:39; 1 Peter 3:9] In the world it becomes a rather hard task to complete when someone has just attacked you. But it is possible. By faith, you can exert your mind over any matter in your life. This is not the same as turning a blind eye to abuse or ignoring recurring damaging behavior. You can see the wrong that someone has just committed against you. You can point their offense out to them and correct them at the same time. Once you’ve done that, you can keep on moving forward. There is no need for dramatics or cursing and screaming. Just keep on moving forward and hopefully their blessing will flow from the grace you have shown them by not retaliating or speaking against them. Candidly speaking, it is not for you or me to decide how someone will be blessed. It is for us to act in accordance to God’s word. By doing so, people we interact with, even and especially those who don’t wish us well, will be blessed in some way when they witness you and I acting and reacting according to the grace within us through Christ Jesus.