Praying for those who Hurt Us

The emotional battle and turmoil within us after we have been hurt, harmed or neglected can be like a raging storm. Or at least it is for me. We often go through phases of anger. Then phases of sorrow. Then phase of numbness. But there is nothing as powerful for fighting this emotional roller coaster than praying for the very person who has harmed you. When you are angry, pray for them. When you are sad, pray for them. When you are tired, pray for them. When you are numb, pray for them. Pray for those who are the very source of your turmoil and the turmoil will eventually get better. God is no push over. He is all powerful and he is the answer to your turmoil. Your prayers for others will also bring healing for you. Amen.

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:27-36

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