The One Who Hates You

Exodus 23: 4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. 5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.”

One of the most difficult callings we have as humans, from God, is forgiveness. Forgiveness is not a just “nice thing to do” or a “way to show kindness” it is essential to our emotional well being.

Yet moving passed hurts is hard, especially if there is a painful reminder of the hurt caused. I have been challenged today to think: “If I forgave, what’s the worst that could happen?”

Will I be letting my guard down to the offender? Am I telling the offender what they did was okay? Am I letting the offender off the hook? Do I have to be their friend? The answer to all of these is “no.”

Forgiveness is a posture in our hearts toward others. It is letting go of a past hurt going forward, not using it to be petty or vindictive. But ensuring that we reevaluate our trust with the person, especially if they seem to have no intention of correcting their actions and attitudes.

Ephesians says: 4:31-32 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

I pray for strength today for all. Strength to show love and kindness amidst the fear in our world.

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