In my last entry I spoke of always blessing those whom would curse you under the guise of compliments. That is a favorite tactic of the devil and his minions. They will even go so far as to say the word bless but mean curse. It is all in the intentions behind the words, not the words themselves. In the same manner that you can say I love you to your mother for the billionth time and it not really mean much in that moment, as compared to the time your first love ever says, with deepest meaning, I love you. And you finally, after many moons of longing, reply, I love you, too. Same words, different, or rather, deeper intentions.
Someone proposed the idea that it is not possible to bless those we deem to be evil. But this is not true. A blessing is a conveyance of Love and the Book is filled with teachings to Love our enemies. ‘But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’
Not only do we bless, but we concede. In everything. ‘If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.’ We become like wind or like water. Impossible to grasp by the devil and his schemes.
‘In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets.’ The Law being, as I understand it, to Love our neighbors as ourselves and to Love God with all our heart and all our mind and all our strength. And forgiveness. We will not get far in our spiritual walk through persecutions without forgiveness. That is why it is in the Lord’s prayer. ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.’ We must forgive if we are expected to be forgiven by our Father.
‘For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’
He really is quite fair, our Father. And he loves us so much.