Devotional For March 19, 2024

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬

These words from Paul carry profound significance for believers facing opposition or mistreatment. Instead of retaliating with anger or seeking revenge, we are called to respond with blessing and kindness.

Blessing those who mistreat us goes against our natural inclinations. It requires us to lay aside our pride and ego, choosing instead to extend grace and forgiveness to those who mistreat us. It is a radical act of love that reflects the character of Christ, who washed the feet of the one who betrayed Him.

Responding with blessing is a sign of supernatural strength. It is a demonstration of the power of God at work in our lives, enabling us to overcome evil with good. When we bless those who mistreat us, we break the cycle of hatred and retaliation.

As we release bitterness and resentment, we make room for God’s peace and healing to flood our hearts. And as we extend grace and kindness to others, we will experience the freedom and joy that comes from living in obedience to God’s Word.

Pray

Lord, give me strength to bless those who mistreat me. Help me to overcome evil with good and to trust in Your sovereignty and justice. Fill my heart with Your love and forgiveness, that I may be an instrument of reconciliation and healing in this broken world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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