After spending the morning in tearful intercession for the lost, weeping prayer for the deceived, and broken-hearted pleas for God to have mercy on those who have hurt and persecuted me, pleading that they know not what they do, and warring on bended knee for their salvation… I open facebook to see it asking me if I would like to share a memory from 2014. Upon reading what the Lord had given me to post 2 years prior to this prayer, to the day, I thought; “Yes, I do want to share this. The Lord is just speaking it too clearly not too.”
Thank You Lord for all the ways You speak to us and through us, and for always confirming when we are right where we need to be, and I pray that you speak just as loudly to confirm when we are not.
The Following is the post from January 23rd, 2014:
Do you love and pray for those that persecute you? Does your heart break when you see someone allowing themselves to be used by the devil even when they are being used against you? Or do you compassionlessly condemn with no brokenness for the sinners lost soul, justifying your bitterness by the perceived severity of the sin? Do you hold unforgiveness of any kind, of any degree? Do you hold hatred for anyone at all? If so then God has made one thing very clear… He is not with you even if you claim to be with Him. Repent and ask God to give you His Heart and when people do evil to you, you will no longer grieve alone for your own suffering but you will grieve with the Holy Spirit for their salvation. When we cry out with a broken and contrite heart of compassion for those not seemingly worthy of it, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, then and only then are we worthy of calling ourselves a Christian, which means: “to be like Christ”.
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” -1 John 3:10-16
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” -1 John 4:20, 21
Parable Of The Unforgiving Servant -Matt 18:21-35