Father Forgive Them They Know Not What They Do

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Ephesians 4:29-32

 

Well, Beloved of the Lord, we have come to the end of another workweek.

 

I chose the scripture above as God has been impressing on my mind this week about learning to love others, really love others, even those who are mean, cruel and unkind to me.

 

Of all the lessons about love that we have to learn that is the hardest for me. I suppose that is why God has been putting people in my life, which are not easy to love.

 

Let me explain please. When you write a blog online you put yourself out that for all kinds of people to attack you. I have gotten mail from those who disagree with something I have said, and that's okay. Sometimes I learn a lot from these people. I re-evaluate my message and it helps me, as I learn a different viewpoint on a subject I had my mind made up about.

 

Sometimes crazies write me, and complain over the errors I make in grammar. Sometimes folks write me that are just plain angry, and not fully submitted to the Lord and I become the scapegoat for the demon working through some, unconsecrated to the Lord, area of their life.

 

I have been praying for God to move me into the "high" places of Love.  Frankly there are people in each of our lives that are not easy to love. These are the folks that challenge us on every level. They are often those closest to us, they look for our weak points, and then they zero in on a vulnerable area and they do or say things purposely to hurt us. These are often, unfortunately, those that we have tried to show the most love to, given unconditionally to when we ourselves had little to live on, and ministered to when they were alone and at their lowest point.

 

None of us are Jesus, but it's at times like that when we understand how He must have felt when the night before His crucifixion not one of the disciples stayed awake with Him, How it must of hurt Him to be rejected by the very ones He came to die a brutal death on the cross for, and how it must of hurt to be betrayed by Judas, a close companion of His.

 

As I began to pray for love God began to speak to me that I was going to have to begin to feel happy about loving some of the folks that would actually give me an occasion to feel hatred. He also spoke to my heart that I would have to give up every feeling of pride, and the feelings of my heart being broken into so many pieces that there was not enough superglue in the world to put it back together again with. God spoke to me that I would have to accept people EXACTLY as they are, and bear everything they did against me. He said to me that I couldn't reach the high places of worship with Him, until I got to that point in my walk with Him.

 

Be very careful what you pray for, if you pray for patience you will start to notice that little things happen that make you lose your patience. It's a test. It will be given over and over again until you pass it. Then after we pass it, and think we have overcome it, out of the blue a one-two punch on our patience will come.

 

In this past week I have been hurt by the words and actions, not of strangers, but from Christians I only sought to help. I would like to tell you I passed the test this week, but that would be a lie. I have a very long way to go.

In Mark 12:29-31 we read the following:

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Most everyone reading this today can say, "I love the Lord with all my heart and soul!" We get that part. There are very few that can say that we love all our brothers and sisters the same.

Some Christians are down right mean. They love to put others down that don't agree with their understanding of the Word. They gossip, they have known sin in their lives and they stir up trouble in the body, it goes on and on.

Recently I got an email from a pastor's wife who was suffering from the cruel way she and her husband were being treated by so-called Christian folks at a new congregation they had been sent to by the board of their denomination. The folks were unhappy that the pastor that they had known and loved for twenty-five years retired. The new pastor and his wife were not met with love by most of the parishioners. This pastor's wife was having a hard time bearing up under the constant criticism her husband was receiving.  You see folks; these so-called Christians had forgotten the second part of the scripture above. They had forgotten that these people should be treated, as they themselves would want to be treated.

I have taken my broken-heart to God frequently this week, not broken by unbelievers, but by those who call themselves believers. God spoke this to me thirty minutes ago,  "Cathie, if you will bear forgivingly all the antagonism of these people, bear it and use it as a means out of which to achieve victory over your own self, bearing all without allowing yourself to feel either resentment or self-pity, do you know what will happen? You will find yourself moving into a new more powerful place of worship with Me. The hardest thing to overcome is the flesh. The flesh that seeks comfort, and love and finds that it is lacking.

So I decided to write this to those of you, and I know there are many, who understand the hurt of receiving, "Friendly Fire." We expect the enemy to attack us, but like a solider fighting the good fight in the battlefield it's a real blow when, out of the blue, we get hit by our own troops.

I am convinced if you, and I, can overcome the hurt of friendly fire, and learn to love those that hurt us needlessly, because of their own egos and motives, we can go further up the mountain with Daddy God then we ever thought possible.

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." Luke 6:27

One thing we need to remember is that we cannot pick and choose which parts of the bible we follow. We must be willing to do those things that our pride would rather not do, we must be able to forgive and love and in doing so we ourselves will receive forgiveness from the Father.

More and more in these evil times we live in I understand the Words of Jesus when He said the following:

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

I am trying, with Gods help, to do this each and every day. But I don’t mind sharing with you, Beloved of the Lord, that I have a long, long way to go.

© Cathie Miller 2011

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