Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Have you ever had heart break? From a friend? From a sibling? From a boyfriend? From a girlfriend? From a husband? From a wife? From a Fiance?
In some form, we all have. It is so easy to hold bitterness in your heart, and to pray for revenge. Did you know that you should actually pray for your enemies? One of my favorite verses about this is from proverbs...
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you.
Aggressive right? nahhh... if the bible says it then it must not be aggressive. I will admit that my enemies, and people that hurt me get more prayers than those who haven't.
The truth is we have all been hurt. Every single one of us. In some form or fashion our hearts have all been broken.
Jentezen Franklin was introduced to me by a friend, and he has since become one of my favorite pastors. I like to say that Louie Giglio teaches, and Jentezen Franklin PREACHES. He has that southern spirit in him.
I've recently dove into his new book Love Like You've Never Been Hurt. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. (I've hyper linked the book to the title above... no he isnt paying me to promote his book..... but maybe he should....?)
Below is a sermon based on his book. I pray that is speaks to you.
If you have so much anger in someone that you feel like you cannot imagine loving that person; that you feel so hurt you cant fathom thinking about showing that person mercy, know that God holds revenge. I was at a place, and still struggle with it, where all I wanted was revenge. A place that made my blood boil because I was SO angry. The one thing that helped me out was the verse below. I know deep in my heart that God has a HUGE wrath (He flooded the Earth for crying out out) I believe that he will take care of my enemies, but I also believe it is in his hands and up to him, not me.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19
If you are in the place I described above, then I recommend watching the below sermon as well.