“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” – Matthew 5:44
Peace, much love, and many thanks to you for your continuing show of love and your unwavering support of me in my journey through writing, of what is good, of what is just, and of what honors and uplifts every individual. I appreciate you!
I don’t know about where you are, but where I am it’s been very rainy. I’ve always thought that when it rains, like how its been pouring down lately, that God is sad and He’s weeping.
I think that He weeps for His children who are hurting. I think that He weeps over the way that people mistreat one another and for the unkindness, the negativity, and all the evil that darkens the hearts of so many in this world.
Maybe the idea is not too far-fetched because of what happened when the whole earth was destroyed by flood. God was so sad about how people were behaving that He wiped everyone off the face of the earth with a rain that lasted 40 days and 40 nights, sparing Noah and his family (Gen. 6 – 9).
“When the Lord saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” – Genesis 6:5-6
It’s as if our world today is plagued with the same condition as it was in Noah’s day. Wickedness, malice, cruelty, abuse, and every scheme of the minds of so many people is nothing but evil all the time. It’s disheartening for me, and I’m human. So, how much more magnified it must be for the One who created everyone and all things.
That old saying about stick and stones has never been true. Words matter, and they can and do hurt – words of abuse, words of gossip, words of slander, and words of hate.
Everyone at some point or another has been affected by the words that other people have used against them (or in their favor). If you’ve been in any kind of relationship, then you understand that clearly – whether it be parent-child, employee-supervisor, or husband-wife.
All too often, spouses hurl words that can cut deep – words that can never be unspoken – especially in the case of divorce. Divorce can make people act in ways that they never would and say things that they don’t mean, because the husband and wife are just hurting so badly emotionally that it comes out in their words and actions.
I saw that firsthand when going through my own divorce. I know that God never intended for marriages to end in divorce because He said it in His Word (Matt. 19:8-9). He designed marriage to be between a man and a woman, for life. God wants us to avoid the pain and devastation that it causes.
I read somewhere once that it takes a person about 2 years for every year that they were married to fully move forward and heal from a divorce. Those are only general guidelines; for some it might be more, for others, less. And when the pain of divorce is compounded with other hurts and stresses in life, the healing process that includes forgiveness can be impeded and prolonged further.
It was never my desire to ever have a marriage that would end. But, I can see the world in a different light now – whether or not there may still be feelings of hurt that may remain. I have not had contact with my former husband but if I could talk to him today, I would tell him a few things.
Some of them might be, “Thank you, for good memories.” Or: “My love for you was and is constant, and I want you to go to heaven.” Maybe, also that “That episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was on the other day. It made me smile and laugh. Thanks for that.” Even though we had our differences, I still care about my former husband and his family. I only want (and I have only ever wanted) the best for him. And the best is found only in Christ, with the hope of eternal life that He gives us – a home in heaven with Him.
So, on days where the skies are clouded with God’s tears, I am reminded that He cares for me, that He cares about the plight of mankind, and that He wants better for us. While there’s so much evil, so much hurt, and so much bad in the world, we can take comfort that God sees, He knows, and He cares.
Even though I can’t see it all the time, because evil is so rampant, I believe that there is good in the world still, that there are good and kind people who care about others and who look for the best in people.
I see it in my dear biological family (hugs and lots of love to all of you), in my spiritual family (I thank God for my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I can’t wait to sing and worship around the throne of God with you), and in kindhearted people (what a blessing you are!).
So, while God weeps from heaven today, I’m praying for the corrupt world that saddens Him – that those who don’t follow Him will turn to His Son Jesus. For those who seek to do me harm, who insult me, who harass me, and who abuse me and my God-given rights, I’m praying for you. I ask the Lord to bless you with good health, with peace of mind, with love, with joy, with abundance, and with uninterrupted, good nights’ sleep.
And most importantly, I pray that God will un-harden your hearts of stone so that your souls might be saved. All the good things I want for myself and those who are dear to me, I want the Lord to provide them to you.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:44-45
His rain falls on the just and the unjust, and His sun shines on good people and on evil people. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary was for you, and for me.
You can have the spiritual blessings that are found in Christ if you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, if you confess before others that He is Lord, if you repent of your evil and the cruelty of your hearts, and if you are baptized – submerged in water – to receive forgiveness of your sins.
If you do those things, the Lord will add you to His body, the church, where all spiritual blessings are found (Eph. 1:3). His rain will still fall when you become a Christian (and I hope that you do), only you will no longer be the evil, unjust person causing God and others grief; you’ll be the one praying for them.
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