3. Ask God what can you do to bless this person.
‘’Dear Lord, what can I do for this person to show them You care for them?’’.
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles’’ (Proverbs 24:17)
When someone has hurt me, at times; I feel like I want to hurt them too. Or at least, if they stumble, there is a part of my human nature that doesn’t feel so sorry for them.
I remember in grade school, I was bullied. The two most popular girls in school invited me over for a play-date.
However, I soon realized they invited me over as a cruel joke and at 8 years old, they told me, “We’re the princesses and you’re the maid; you’ll never be one of us.’’ I ran home crying and my recess times were spent alone for the rest of my grade school years.
After that, a part of me wanted them to stumble. They had hurt me dreadfully and it took me years to truly forgive them in my heart.
Through growing in my own faith, I realized that when someone hurts us (though painful), we need to not take joy when they stumble and fall.
Rather we need to help them in brotherly love and show them the true heart of Christ. Doing good unto them as Christ has done to us.
In the end, when we face ‘frenemies’, we love them, forgive them, do good unto them and treat them with brotherly love. After all isn’t that what Christ has done for us?
‘’But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great’’ (Luke 6:35)