I thank God this morning for waking me up with all my senses intact and knowing that I am loved by Him. My brothers and sisters He didn’t have to do it for me nor you, but because of His love we can say “and are we yet alive to see each other face …” Because He obeys His Father and set the right example for us to follow, we can forgive and move to the next level.
Our Lord Jesus is our example in every circumstance of life. When He was on the cross being pummeled with the hatred of men, and with the vitriol of hell, He said, Father, forgive them…..Why did Jesus ask His Father to forgive them? In the midst of intense hatred Jesus loved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Jesus came to redeemed us back to our God. He died for us, so we can be forgiven.
That is why He calls upon us to love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44 our Lord said, ….“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Love your enemies. It is only through God’s love that we can love our enemies, we can do good to those who hate us, we can bless those who curse us. It is only through God’s love that we can pray for those who use us, abuse us and persecute us. God’s love in us will enable us to love our enemies. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We have no excuse not to love our enemies. To love our enemies is to forgive them.
It is the will of God that we love our enemies. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be like Him. He wants us to imitate Him as dear children. We have all seen children who remind us of one of their parents either through their bodily features or in their mannerisms. Some of us will say he or she is the image of his or her parent. Our heavenly Father desires to see Himself in us.
Our Father “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”. Matthew 5:45. God is good to all. God loves us. We were and many still are God’s enemies. Yet He sent His Son to die on Calvary’s cross to redeem us to Himself. God loves His enemies and so should we.
Love covers a multitude of sins. When we love, we will forgive. When we forgive our enemies, we will be able to pray for them according to God’s will. Many of God’s people are being persecuted around the world, and even here in the United States. Yes, in the Caribbean to some degree. We should pray for the persecuted believers and we should also pray for their persecutors. What should we pray? We should pray for deliverance and grace for the persecuted. Should we pray for our persecutor’s demise? We should pray for their salvation. We should pray that God would intervene in the persecution. “Vengeance is mine”, said the Lord. He will judge righteously. I will continue this message tomorrow so come back and receive a word from God.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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