i have a friend, i imagine we all have this friend… this friend, she is a Godly woman. much of our friendship, i’ve seen her treated poorly by her ex-husband, her children, her friends, her family. and always, she has responded in grace and silence, with head bowed in prayer for them with humility and forgiveness. she takes it. i cry for her and am angry for her and get outraged for her, but mostly i admire her because she is exactly who God talks about when He speaks to us to be kind, loving, gentle in spirit, giving, and turning the other cheek. He speaks to us about holding ourselves in a place that the world doesn’t understand, holding our temper and allowing Him to take care of these situations for us. since i’ve watched her, she has grown closer to Him and ultimately, one by one, her family is being restored to the Father. her husband is turning back to God and being restored, her children are turning back to God, loving on her, realizing their failures, being restored to wholeness. Her family will be a story of restoration for God’s glory because of her quiet patience.
today i pray for my friend and her family and all others like her. the Godly women, men, children, who take it on the chin daily and turn in prayer that God would restore their loved ones and forgive them. i pray for these that humbly show the Father’s love to all of us, that grace and peace abound in their lives, that the ones they pray for will turn back to God and see the err of their ways, that their prayers would be answered. today i pray that we would find this humility in ourselves, that we would see where we hurt others and repent of that, that we would be transformed each day into people of prayer, people that turn to the Father and show His love to those who hurt us, those who mistreat us, those who are hard to love. today i pray that we would know how to be the Christian people that you told us to be in Your Word… today i prayed for a friend.
[Luke 6] 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.