14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Repetition of words or phrases are an excellent source for focusing on prayer. Its like the writer is saying this is important, wait a minute don’t forget, this is also important.
In our verse today, Paul tells us a proactive response to being persecuted. We are not to just keep silent and quote “take it”. Paul says that we are to speak a blessing and not a curse. In other words, we speak blessing even when we don’t feel like it.
Paul knows that speaking a blessing not only positions our persecutor to be in a place to receive a blessing, but it also protects our heart from the effects of cursing. It stops the poison of hurt, accusations and unforgiveness from getting its barbs into our spirits. Blessing sets us on the path of freedom of conscious and peace of mind.
You can choose to bless right now. Not bless them out…but ask God to help you speak blessing over those who have hurt you. Ask God to bless your spouse, your employer, your neighbor that doesn’t like you. You may be helping them experienced God’s grace
Father, you spoke and the world came into being. You have given us the power of life and death in our tongue. Help me to choose life. Father, help me to realize the power of blessing others. May I wish them peace. May I wish safety over those who cut me off in traffic, knowing that a spouse or child may be waiting for them to come home. May I see those who ridicule me or think little of me, or who have been hurt by me, as those who need a fresh touch from God today.
Father, heal my hurts that I might be better at speaking blessing over those who persecute me. In Jesus name, Amen