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A Sunday Tidbit

Updated on June 6, 2010

Written on Sunday, but Something to Consider Everyday.

Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? Or, someone you considered a friend? It is one of the most painful broken hearts and it is natural to want to return the favor. Seek revenge. Yet, spiritually, we are instructed to pray for those who offend us: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with a blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9 NIV). When the offense is recent and the pain raw, this instruction is the last thing one wants to hear. Why should I pray for someone who deceived me? That is foolish behavior according to the logic of the worldly. Yet, it is this practice that distinguishes us as Christians. The world may think you are foolish, however, according to Jesus, “You have heard it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He caused the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” (Matt 5:43-46, NIV).

Today, if you are harboring ill feelings towards someone for an offense done years in the past or just five minutes ago, stop and take the time to pray for him or her and for yourself so may mature in the Lord and continue on the path that leads to the ultimate goal – eternity with God, our Father.

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    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, 2besure!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very encouraging hub.

    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      8 years ago

      God bless you, TheVoice.

    • cadebe profile imageAUTHOR

      cadebe 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment, Alahiker. We should be reminded of Jesus at the Crucifixion when we believe an offense so bad we can't forgive. Our Lord and Savior set an example for us to follow.

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      god bless prayer hub thanks much sorry I have been sick thanks

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      Vicki Parker 

      8 years ago from the Deep South

      Thank you for reminding us Cadebe. Betrayal is VERY painful. Even if revenge doesn't cross your mind, finding a way to forgive and find peace again is still difficult. Like you say, we should earnestly pray for the one(s)who persecuted us. Betrayal should remind us of what Jesus felt like hanging on the cross. With every betrayal there is a sarifice. If the one who betrays you had nothing to gain from it, he/she would not have betrayed you to begin with.

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