Yesterday, we concluded our Hostage series and I believe this has been a transforming series. Our last message was looking at Bitterness. Many people in today’s world are held captive by Bitterness and Unforgiveness. It is something that will affect all of our relationships. Because of bitterness we place walls in our lives to ensure that we will never get hurt again. The truth is, however, that the Bible does not give us the permission to hold a grudge or to be bitter.
In our message we discussed how Jesus taught us how to handle our enemies. What we found in His teaching is completely contrary to what this world tells us. In fact, we can be sure that if Jesus tells us to do these things, they are indeed possible to do. We must follow His steps and instructions:
1. Love Your Enemies
2. Do Good To Those Who Hate You
3. Bless Those Who Curse You
4. Pray For Those Who Spitefully Use You
5. Turn The Other Cheek
None of these are easy. In fact, these responses to our enemy are the most difficult thing a believer must do but that is what Jesus did. He was beaten, mocked, accused, spit upon and crucified, yet He chose to forgive and love His enemies. Christ exemplified these things and that is how we must respond as well. No it is not easy, but God will help us.