Instead Of Crunching An Enemy – Let’s Pray For Them

Have you ever wanted to “crunch someone?” I have a friend who used to say that every now and then. If someone had done a friend or family member of his wrong he would say “I ought to crunch him.” lol To “crunch” him meant to hit him… get even with him.
Most of us have wanted to “crunch someone” at times. You may be thinking, “I have a LONG list, of people I want to crunch.” Some of us do.
But, although it might bring some temporary satisfaction, “crunching” someone isn’t the right way to go. Instead, Paul tells us, “See to it that no one pays back evil for evil” (I Thessalonians 5:15). So Paul is saying instead of retaliating against our enemies, we should love them and pray for them.
Ok; let’s get real. It is TOUGH to pray for someone who has hurt you or someone you love. It is TOUGH, not to retaliate. So, how do you do it?
It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that you can restrain from retaliating against someone. That is the only way.
Our Lord is our model here. The Bible says that Jesus was given a fake trial… he was scourged, he was forced to carry his own cross to the place of His crucifixion. His hands and feet were nailed to a cross. He hung on the cross for six hours one Friday. During that time, His accusers taunted Him.
If anyone would have been justified in retaliation, it would have been Jesus. Instead, while hanging on the cross, Jesus looked down at His accusers and said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Jesus provides us with a great example in how to treat our enemies.
So, instead of crunching someone, although that they may feel good… let’s love them and pray for them.

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