How to Bless Those Who Curse You [Luke 6:28 Daily Devotional]
Jesus is teaching his followers a radical new way to live. Instead of trying to retaliate against the people who hurt us, we’re commanded by Jesus to bless them and pray for them. That’s hard, I know, but following Jesus isn’t always going to be easy. However, Jesus is very clear here. He wants us to bless people who don’t want to bless us, and he wants us to pray for people who treat us poorly. Why? Because it’s in those moments that we may be able to win those people to Christ.
How to Bless Those Who Curse You
This is a challenging saying from Jesus, but it applies just as much today as it did when he was originally recorded saying it. So, how should you accomplish this commandment from Jesus?
Don’t go out and find enemies just to have someone curse you, but rather, you should look for people to bless. Bless those people by giving generously and serving them. Something as small as a note of encouragement can drastically impact a person who is having a hard time. And I can guarantee anyone who curses you is having a hard time.
Again, don’t go around searching for people to mistreat you, but pray for everyone you encounter. This is especially potent when someone annoys you to no end. Praying for them of course benefits them, but as you lift them up in prayer to God, you also submit that problem you have with the person to God. Instead of giving in to human nature by retaliating against people who mistreat you, God begins to soften your heart toward those very same people, which makes you more like Jesus.
Jesus, make me more like you. Help me to put aside my human nature and bless, serve, and pray for people that may not like me. Give me the strength to put aside my ego and see people how you see them. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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