God knows all things. When someone hurts you, your immediate and natural instinct will be to want to hurt them back. “God is just. “He will punish those who… do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8. We saw last week that this letter was written to encourage Christians who were being persecuted (1:4). Just as a god who is shaped by me will die with me. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20). Right there in the dust, this man repents and believes. This is a powerful response in such a difficult time. What happens? Here are 3 Reasons You Should Let God Deal With Your Enemies: 1. The ultimate standard is set here. Bless the Offender, Show them the Love of Christ If you are having a bad day, make someone else's day. It tells you that you have not yet seen the end of the story. God wants us to trust Him regarding our relationships with others. While God instructs us to take up our cross and follow Christ, it’s important to discern what God is really telling us through the pain we’re experiencing. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. What comes from sinning against God? He finds himself in jail. A deep grasp of this truth will help you to pray for those who’ve harmed you. If you have suffered at the hands of other people, or if someone you love has suffered as these Christians did, you will face with this great question: “How can I really believe that God is a loving God and God is a just God when so often good people suffer and those who do evil prosper?”. But what if God was, before us? Just think what He could have done in thirty years! That person may not deserve your forgiveness, but we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness. This is the Son of God! That’s why He cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)  Christ endured everything that hell is on the cross. There’s a real relationship here in which you trust that He is the Son of God. Then you will see the full measure of My love.”  So, use this to sustain your faith in a suffering world. [1] Matthew Henry, “Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible,” Hendrickson, 1991. Pray before you go to visit/chat with a friend, pray during your visit and pray afterward. Saul of Tarsus was the terror of the early church. Where do you begin in loving your enemies? Perhaps, he’s called you to serve in a difficult spot. In big blockbuster movies, we often see the story line – the hero of the movie is hurt or a victim of injustice, and throughout the movie seeks to recover what is rightfully his or hers. This doctrine helps. But here is something I’ve discovered—the hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts. You may have wondered, “How can one man bear the sins of many? The student is given a detention. As the President passes by, the boy lunges forward to punch the President. How is that possible?”. We would always be comforted, but we would never actually be changed. Forgive The Offender I have been studying this book all of my life, and this is the message that I find in it and that I want you to grasp. This means that you have a God-given RIGHT to EXPECT to be avenged of your enemies (those who have hurt you). Write in a journal, pray or use guided meditation — or talk with a person you've found to be wise and compassionate, such as a spiritual leader, a mental health provider, or an impartial loved one or friend. That’s why Jesus commanded his leaders, “Love one another…. Perhaps, he’s called you to love a difficult person. Every Christian is a recipient of the mercy of God—a full and free forgiveness, gained by Christ's undergoing the punishment for our sins, in our place, on Calvary's cross. What if He sees a future disaster that is hidden from you, and He is reaching out to save you from it? The risen Christ was saying, “Saul, your real fight is not with Christians, or with churches. If the person who harmed you was to see what they did and truly to repent, you might find it in your heart to forgive them. Psalm 31:2 "Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which you have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! Begin thinking about God as Jesus. But God says to let Him take care of it. This is one of the hardest truths in the Bible. God is available, able, active in all of our hurt. He may be calling you to realign some relationships. Suppose on the way home, the same boy punches a policeman on the nose. God’s instructions are detailed. When I tried to pray out loud for him, I heard myself praying, “Dear God, would you b-b-b-bl-bl-bl When you seek God more when it comes to your relationships, you may also begin giving less of yourself to people addicted to gossip and slander because being in that space is not only not uplifting, but also doesn’t reflect Christ. If you are around people for very long, you will end up hurt by someone. No one will escape from the justice of God. 3 Ways to Bless Those Who Have Hurt Us 1. What happens? We hammer out our own ideas of who we think God is and what we want him to be like in our own mind. 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