A few years ago, I invited my brother and his wife to join me for lunch after Church. As we were driving to the restaurant, a car raced up behind my brother, who was following me in his car, and cut around him in order to avoid some construction signs.
Then he did the same thing to me, going way over the speed limit, and cutting dangerously close to the front of my car. Instead of calling him all kinds of names, I said, “Bless him, Lord!”
After I got to the restaurant, my brother told me that he had said the same thing. Then we had a good laugh over it.
The amusing thing about that situation was that I had just taught on this subject in the morning service: bless and curse not! It is one thing to hear the Word, it is another to put it into practice, and be a doer of the Word.
As you know, it is very easy to curse and swear, and call people names, when they upset you, and make you angry. For some people, they have great difficulty controlling their anger at times. When it comes to living a holy life, it is so important to know how to always walk in love toward others, and know how to live a life of joy and peace. As you can see, learning to bless others, and not cursing them is absolutely essential, when it comes to perfecting the holiness of God in your life.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14 NKJV.
This principle not only applies when people may persecute you, but to every other situation where someone may hurt you or malign you in some manner. Instead of lashing out in anger and bitterness, God wants you to bless those who hurt you or have offended you in some way.
Jesus also taught this principle, when He said:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, 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, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV (emphasis mine).
As you can see Jesus taught us to bless those who curse us. In fact He wants you to go a step further and do good to them, and even pray for them.
Notice that Jesus said that the reason He expects us to do these things is so that “you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.” In other words, this is how God’s children are meant to act all the time – just like their Father in Heaven. Now that is powerful!
Now when it comes to forgiving someone who has hurt you, one of the greatest tools you can use is ask God to bless them – and then expect Him to do it! It is amazing how it will help you forgive others who have hurt you, and walk in love toward them.
Now you may ask: What is the benefit to us in blessing others? The Apostle Peter answered this question when he wrote:
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tender-hearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary BLESSING, knowing that you were called to this, THAT YOU MAY INHERIT A BLESSING.” Peter 3:8-9 NKJV (emphases mine).
In other words, when you bless others, you get blessed. It is the basic law of reciprocity, which we find throughout the Scriptures. Simply put, it means that whatever you do for others will be done for you in return. It is a vital key to living a holy life, and a great aid to living in peace with those around you.
Finally, please understand this: Cursing is the way of the world, but blessing is the way of holiness. The way of the world always leads to death, but the way of holiness leads to life.
You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: Speak Evil Of No Man
This is Day Eleven of a series on The Life of A Saint, a 31-day devotional.