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Word for Today / Bless Them

‘…and especially [be a blessing]…’ Galatians 6:10 AMP

When someone hurts you, you have three options:
(1) hurt them back;
(2) avoid them altogether;
(3) pray for them and look for ways to bless them (see Matthew 5:44–45).

Paul says: ‘So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing]…’ (Galatians 6:10 AMP)

We’re so caught up with how others treat us that we’ve little or no concern about how we treat them. We’re afraid of being taken advantage of, especially if our past experience with someone has been painful. Not only do fear and dread make us supersensitive to everything they say and do, we may misinterpret their motives and see them in a negative light. Without question, it’s difficult not to be concerned that others will treat you badly if they already have a proven track record. That’s why it’s so important not to think about it at all (see Philippians 3:13 and Isaiah 43:18). Does this mean the person won’t have to account for how they treated you? No. The Bible says, ‘Each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.’ (Romans 14:12–13 NIV)

Hand the situation over to God—and refuse to take it back. Then, ‘be a blessing’. In other words, occupy your thoughts with ways in which you can be helpful. When you do that you’ll have no time to dwell on personal grievances. Plus, it gives God an opportunity to work on them—and you.

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"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" (Matthew 5:43-44)

In this case to bless them that curse you is to speak well of them that speak ill of you: likewise in (Romans 12:14) and (1 Peter 3:9)
 
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For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.
Proverbs 25:22

"BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." Romans 12:20

This post reminds me of the above verses on "heap burning coals upon his head." and from a study of Romans this past Spring.

Most perceive this as something that will harm that person so that we can in get heavenly revenge on the person who has done us wrong. However, this is not what it is meant to convey to the reader by the usage of burning coals upon their head. This is meant to bring "shame" upon those who have done you wrong. With the hope that this shame might lead them to better behavior, by realizing/remembering the wrong they had done to you.

A Barnes Commentary states it in this way.

The high priest on the Day of Atonement was to take his censer, to fill it with "coals of fire," and then to put the incense thereon for a sweet-smelling savor. So it is here. The first emotion in another caused by the good done to him may be one of burning shame, but the shame will do its work and the heart also will burn, and prayer and confession and thanksgiving will rise as incense to the throne of God. Thus, "we shall overcome evil with good."

We have to stop looking at responding as the world would have one respond. Which is in kind. Are we not new creations in Christ Jesus? (2 Corinthians 5:17) Then we should start behaving in such a way that will Honor and bring Glory to Whom we belong to.

Thanks for sharing the post dear sister.
With the Love of Christ Jesus.
YBIC
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