PRAY FOR THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE WHO ILL-TREAT YOU – 2

 

Praying for those who hurt you or ill-treat you does not necessarily mean you will receive a physical and tangible reward like Job did.

Jesus was beaten, wounded, insulted, hated, despised and rejected; people made fun of him and mocked him; He was crucified and yet He still cried out on the cross, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34)

Although He prayed for the forgiveness of the very people who treated Him badly, He still died. He did not receive a physical reward here on earth but He received an eternal and glorious reward in heaven.

In Acts 7, the members of the Council became furious with Stephen for speaking the message of Jesus Christ and they stoned him. They kept on stoning Stephen and at the point of death Stephen knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, don’t blame them for this sin!” Acts 7:60 (ERV). These were his last words and when he said that, he died.

Stephen was innocent yet he still prayed for those who were stoning him and after praying for them, he died. He did not receive a physical reward for praying for those who persecuted him but he received an eternal and glorious reward.

You will definitely get a reward for praying for those who persecute you, hurt and ill-treat you. But that reward may not necessarily be physical and tangible like that of Job. If you have been praying for those who hurt or ill-treat you and you’re discouraged because it seems they are happier than you and doing better than you while you are still going through pain, don’t be discouraged and don’t stop praying.

Keep praying for those who hurt you not because you want a physical reward but to get an eternal reward- the reward of eternal life.

Please do not stalk those who hurt you or try to find out what’s going on in their lives. You may only get yourself more hurt to realize that they are very happy and having a great life after hurting you. Just do your part of praying for them and leave the rest to God.

Keep praying for them and blessing them even if you don’t mean those words; keep praying till you mean every word and truly wish them well from your heart. And don’t hesitate to help them if you can.

 

“Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying.”

Hebrews 12:3 (ERV)

 

“To those who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”

Luke 6:27-30 (MSG)

 

“But I say to you people who are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Ask God to bless the people who ask for bad things to happen to you. Pray for the people who are mean to you.”

Luke 6:27-28 (ERV)

 

“Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favour) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handely misuse you].”

Luke 6:28 (AMPC)

 

“But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one also [simply ignore insignificant insults or losses and do not bother to retaliate – maintain your dignity]. Whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.”

Luke 6:27-29 (AMP)

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