TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA…………
Dear friend, ………..
I have a loved one who hurt me greatly long ago, then hurt me deeply over many years afterward, and to this very day continues to hurt me so very much.
The Lord has transformed me beyond measure. Today I have in my heart pure love for this person, pure mercy, pure care, pure compassion, and pure prayer.
I even send letters and gifts sometimes to the person with no expectation of anything in return.
Recently, the day after I gave the person a gift, the person spoke gruffly to me a few words on the telephone and quickly hung up. No thank you for the gift. No love. Just a strong reminder of the decades of hurt.
I thought about my cheek afterward. About how I keep turning my cheek like Jesus tells us to do. And how my cheek keeps getting hurt. So does my heart.
But Jesus loves, heals, and comforts me, and He gives me the desire and strength to keep walking in His love.
Oh, how blessed it is to have a heart filled with love, mercy, care, compassion, and prayer. No anger. No resentment. No bitterness.
Just Jesus’ love.
My highest desire in all this? That the person sees Jesus, that the person is drawn to Jesus, that the person surrenders to Jesus, that the person knows the love of Jesus, that the person turns from a lifestyle of sin and believes in Jesus as Lord and Savior with a full surrender to God and His ways, that the person follows Jesus, and that one day in heaven we can sit down for a meal together and do what God and I wanted the person and I would have done on this earth. This time in the presence of Jesus in heaven.
To love one another with the love of Jesus. Not just for a few minutes at the dinner table. But forever. In the company of Christ!
If you have someone, or some people, in your life who have hurt you, love and forgive and be merciful and pray for that person, friend. Seek the Lord and let Him tell you if you’re supposed to be in that person’s life or not, if you’re to send gifts or not, if you’re to call or not, whatever His will may be with the details of your everyday life concerning that person. But no matter what, remember to turn the other cheek. And, most of all, remember to love. With the love of Jesus. For the glory of Christ, AMEN!
HERE ARE SOME VERSES TO ENCOURAGE YOU:
“Love never fails…” 1 Cor. 13:8
“But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” Mt. 5:38
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” Mt. 5:7
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32