To bless or curse Mr Evil

So a friend asked me this question a while back during a bible study: should we pray for people—family and friends: people who are really dear to us—that do us great evil? If we were all to be honest with each other, you will agree with me that the first human reaction to a hurt isn’t prayer, a blessing or love, but hatred and bitterness. But as we all know, that will mean walking by the flesh and opening ourselves up to attacks of the devil. This question, that led to I-will-trust-God-to-write-an-article that will answer your question, began as a conversation; and for that reason this article is going to be written as a continuation of our (now open) conversation. Be blessed as you read.

The Conversation continues

The first question I asked you—that’s if you recall—was: “do you have a burden from God to pray for them or not; and could interceding for them be possibly a part of your ministry assignment?” You smiled and didn’t say much when I asked and that’s fine, because, I guess this isn’t a question that can be answered without meditation and listening to God. A couple of verses, however, came to me after I asked you; and the first one was:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)  

Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit perfectly answers your question. We are told in this scripture to offer supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks for ALL MEN. But why? Why didn’t he stress on praying for Jews, Gentiles or the brethren in the Lord? Why did he say ALL MEN knowing very well that ALL MEN included the Roman Officials who had him chained and locked up? He further gives us the reason: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” This is obviously what we all yearn for, peace amongst we and those we love in all godliness and honesty. However, this can only come about when we make prayers not only for those we love—who are hurting us, but for ALL MEN.

Hearing from God

The second two sets of verses that came to me were Galatians 5:19-21 and Isaiah 59:1-2; and the question: are you hearing God’s opinion on the matter or are you [possibly out of pain] walking by hatred, the flesh and for that reason, created a barrier between yourself and God that makes it hard for you to hear His voice? Jesus said in John 5:19 that He only does what He sees the Father do. This simple act of seeing can be greatly hindered if we aren’t walking in the Spirit; for it takes us walking in the Spirit to hear from God and most of all, His love, to pray for a heathen. The next set of verses are quiet long but they perfect describe how we are to relate to people who do us evil.

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you:he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (1 John 3)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world:therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God:he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another:for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John 4:4-20)

Anti-Cain

God tells us in His word to love one another, to love those who hate us and not to be like Cain; He says that everyone that loves is born of God. And if you really think about it, I guess you will agree with me that, it takes love to obey the first verse which says to pray for ALL MEN; for without compassion as we heard preached in church some weeks ago, it will be impossible to pray for the lost. One thing to bear in mind, however, before people go over board without fully understanding the above verse, is that Jesus said in Matthew 10:16 that we should be as wise as a serpents and harmless as doves.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

What does this mean? Do you recall the story of Paul being lowered in a basket (Acts 9:25, 2 Corinthians 11:33) or Jesus moving away from the region of Pharisees when He heard of their plots to kill Him (John 10:39-40, John 11:8) before heading back amongst them as the Spirit led Him to raise Lazarus up from the dead?

Therefore they sought again to take him:but he escaped out of their hand, And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode (John 10:39-40).

This was Him being as wise as a serpent, discerning what was planned against Him and applying God’s wisdom in knowing how to address the issue at hand. It took love for Him to go to the cross and even to weep for Jerusalem, for the very Jews who were about to crucify Him. He is the perfect embodiment of Love and wisdom. It takes love and wisdom to fulfil the great commission, this should first and foremost be what’s important to us, and just as Jesus, we must only do as we see our Father do and that takes me back to the first question I asked you: what is God telling you? And will He contradict His Word? By no means! With this said, I guess we must go according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

God bless you.

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