Day 79: How To Treat An Enemy

Day 79: How To Treat An Enemy
March 19, 2015 Joel Grantham

“And the Lord restored Job’s losses (Job’s captivity) when he prayed for his friends.  Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”  Job 42:10

Here, God’s Word calls sickness “captivity”.  Clearly God was not the author of Job’s troubles.  In Luke 4:18 Jesus said that He came to “proclaim liberty to the CAPTIVES.”  He proved this by healing those who were sick everywhere that He went.

In Malachi 3:6 God reveals that He never changes.  Jesus said, “If you have seen Me you have seen the father.”  In other words, God’s will is perfectly revealed in the person and ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ.  If Jesus came to set the captives free, it is because God the Father wants the captives to be free.  God is not in the sickness business; He is in the healing business!

One key to receiving healing is forgiving those who have hurt you and have done you wrong.  In Job 42:7 God reveals that He was angry at Job’s three friends because of what they said to Job during his time of affliction.  They had not been very good friends at all.  I’m sure Job must have thought, ‘With friends like these who needs enemies!’  But even though they had hurt Job deeply with their words and accusations, Job still prayed for them that God would forgive them and bless them!

In Mark 11:24-25 Jesus reveals that the two main hindrances to receiving answers to prayer are; number one – unbelief and, number two – unforgiveness.  In verse 25 Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  It is very hypocritical to expect God to forgive us of our sins every time that we ask Him to if we will not forgive others who sin against us.

One major hindrance to receiving healing is withholding forgiveness towards those who have hurt you.  Bitterness and resentment will hinder your prayer life.  Today, make the decision to forgive those who have done you wrong.  We are not only told to forgive our enemies, but in Matthew 5:44 Jesus told us to pray for our enemies that God would have mercy upon them and bless them.  When you do, God will turn your captivity just like He did for Job!

 

Prayer:  Lord, I forgive (insert name) for everything that they did that hurt me.  I ask you to have mercy upon them and to bless their life with abundance, health and your favor, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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