FORGIVING OUR ENEMIES
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19Do 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. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I have heard so many so called elders in a Church give false meaning to how and when to forgive someone. Somehow putting the forgiveness in the hands of the offending partyinstead of where it belongs. Forgiveness has absolutely nothing to do with whether the offending party repents of what they did or not. It lies totally on the offended person, because that is who it stands to help. By forgiving we release ourselves from resentful feelings and thoughts that can consume us. When “we” forgive, we remove ourselves the weight that resentment so often accompanies. Scripture wouldn’t tell us to do it, if it weren’t best for us. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS, forgiving our enemies as the word tell us to.
Onthewayhomeministries.org by James Selph