If we suffer mistreatment for doing what is right, we will receive blessings from our Father. If we bless them according to the calling which God has called us to bless, God will bless us, and I believe in the same manner, as we bless them. God wants to bless you with supernatural favor upon every aspect of your life – marriage, parenting, family, possessions, dreams, and careers. He wants to make you totally whole and give you divine favor. He wants to make you happy and gladden you all of your days.
When you are insulted, bless them. When they talk about you like a dirty dog, bless them. When you become their Sunday dinner, bless them. When you are the water they are drinking at the office water cooler, bless them. When they cheat you, bless them. When they lie about you, and when they mistreated you, bless them.
Get into the blessing business. People at Living Waters understand I love to bless. I bless the congregation every Sunday before they leave to go home. I bless babies at baby dedications. I bless couples in marriage ceremonies. I bless as I pray for individuals and families. I conclude pastoral guidance times and small groups with blessings. I love to bless. I don’t understand it, but I know God is in it. God wants to bless every aspect of your life and as you are called to bless those who mistreat you, God is going to pour out powerful blessings into your life.
We see a significant beginning of this in what God promised to Abraham:
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3
We see close to the end of the Bible what James said about God’s blessings:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Blessing those who mistreat us releases them from the offense they have done to us and allows God to bring his righteous judgment into our lives. It literally makes room for God to step in on our mistreatment and allows his judgment to proceed. It releases us from being the judge and allows The Judge to step in. You see, there are always two sides to every story and God knows that. He has seen the mistreatment from beginning to end and understands the hearts of all parties. We will always judge partially and with injustice. He will judge with truth and mercy.
Peter understood this as he went on to say the following after allowing God to have vengeance:
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12 (Peter quoting from Psalm 34)
Do we have any idea how many blessings we have squandered because we just “had to have the last word” or “had to defend our rights” or “had to get even?” Let’s let God have the last word in our mistreatment. He will defend us. The battle is not ours but it is God’s. Just sit back and let him fight. You just sit back and bless!
I know that in a situation like this, praying for those who mistreat you is difficult. I ask that you use the following prayer to pray for those who have mistreated you until you can stand on your own and soar in the blessing department over their lives:
Daddy, God, I am hurting because ______________ has hurt me. I am in much pain but I choose this day to rise above my pain and walk according to your Word and bless _________________. I bless them with ability and abundance. I pray that Your angels will go with them. I bless them with the assurance of Your love and grace. I bless them with clear direction, a controlled and disciplined life, courage, creativity. I bless them with a spiritual perception of Your truths. I bless them with faith, favor with You and with man, good health, a good spouse, their hands to bless others, happiness with fulfillment and contentment, hope and a good outlook on life. I bless them with a listening ear, longevity, an obedient heart and spirit, peace, pleasant speech and personality, promotion, protection, provision, safety, strength, success, trust, wisdom. And God bless them with goodness and mercy following them all the days of their life. Amen. So be it!
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