26 Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it.
28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame,
but may your servant rejoice.
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak. Psalm 199:26-29
The idea of blessing those who curse and persecute is uniquely Judeo-Christian. It’s the exact opposite of what most people would do. And it’s the exact opposite of what most Christians would do. It’s a fairly natural response to venom and hatred.
Is there someone in your life that is giving you an especially difficult time? (I’m not referring to those who are in abusive situations.) Perhaps it’s time to bless that person again.
That was a difficult sentence to write because it wasn’t natural. Blessing our enemies just isn’t natural.
Blessing our enemies does at least two things: 1) softens our heart towards them, and 2) softens their heart toward the Gospel.
And if you aren’t able to bring yourself to bless your enemies, put it all into God’s hands. He knows your heart.