God asks us to do three impossible things, “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Jesus expects us to forgive, bless and pray for them. People forgive by nature. Think of how the United States forgave Japan for its attack on Pearl Harbor. Alternatively, the German people for following Hitler?
What is the secret? Jesus advises us to “Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.” God is so merciful that even after killing Him, He makes us a part of His family. Paul describes God’s heart for enemies, “For if, while we were God’s enemies, Christ died for us.”
Revenge is never in God’s heart, but it is deeply embedded in our heart. Where do you start?
Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Malcolm Muggeridge described the curse of the modern age as the tendency of putting everything in categories. Fill in the blanks and find who you are cursing:
Muslims are all ___.
Christians are all____.
Baptists are ____.
Liberals are all ____.
Homosexuals are all ___.
You get the drift. Christians can learn a lot from Islam. When Mohammad Ali passed away, we learned what an amazing man he was. Christian Apologist, Peter Kreeft wrote an excellent introduction, “Between God and Allah.” If you do not have time to read it, a one-sentence summary might be: Islam is a beautiful faith that needs Jesus.
Try this prayer: “In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful. Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds. The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning. You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help. Guide us on the straight path, the path of those who have received your grace; not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray. Amen”