Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
–Ephesians 4:32 NIV
You have a choice to forgive your enemies, and God is more than willing and able to help you. When you decide to forgive—and keep forgiving—those who come against you, God goes to work replacing the bitterness in your heart with His supernatural, unfathomable peace. If you’ve never experienced God’s peace in your heart, you’re in for a remarkable surprise. It will heal you, calm you, and even make you feel loving toward your enemy. God’s peace allows you to see Jesus in your enemy. Remember, God loves everyone, even those who are far from Him.
The secret to inviting God’s peace into your heart is relying on Him to fight your battles. He is your warrior King and gladly dispatches His angels to battle every force of darkness in the unseen realm. You can lay down your weapons and surrender all of the hatred, fear, and anger in your heart. God will deal with your enemy in His own way. It may not be your way of handling the situation, but it will be the right way.
Do you need to forgive someone today? Ask God to fight your battles so you can have rest and peace.
- Ask God to help you …Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28 NIV).
- Pray for God’s ability to have a heart full of mercy. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36 NIV)