Nicole C. Schroeder

racism, forgiveness, prayer, Jesus, injustice, love

Forgiveness Matters: Saul is Waiting- Part 2 Commentary

3 min read

When someone hates you because of the race God chose for you in this life, it is easy to write them off and label them a racist. Well, it was for me anyway.  Then, I had an encounter with Jesus and it changed my life because I gained a deeper understanding about love and forgiveness. (Of course, there is nothing special about me.) He loves us equally and He will give you the same revelation. For example, God showed me that there are blessings with my name on it that are attached to my enemies. And in the same vain, there are blessings with my enemies’ names on it that are attached to me. Receiving that insight strengthened my relationship with Christ and shaped my prayer life. The key word is receiving. (You see, the message was there all along.) For Matthew 5:7 NIV states: “Blessed are the merciful; For they shall obtain mercy.” (Sometimes I am not the perfect Christian. Okay, let’s be honest: there’s no such thing as a perfect Christian. We all fall short, so we need His mercy continuously.)  Matthew 5:8 NIV states, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The mere thought of seeing Him someday, makes me want to pray like David did in Psalms 139:23-24 NIV. He prayed these words: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (See, it is important for us to ask God to check our hearts first. So often we want to start with the enemy. It is easy for us to point fingers at someone else.) Matthew 5:9 states, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Side note: a peacemaker will not get on social media and call out someone’s sin, like I did with that restaurant owner. I know I’ve said that before, but that is really heavy on my heart.) See! I don’t know about you, but I’m at a point in my life that I just want to follow Him in spirit and in truth. I can’t think of one enemy who is worth interfering with my relationship with our Father, so I will continue to pray for my enemies to have an encounter with Jesus on their way to Damascus. Their “Damascus” could be a political rally rooted in hate or an organized racist chapter meeting. Their “Damascus” could be a plan to harm innocent protestors or innocent police officers on the street. Once this encounter happens, their lives will be changed, their hearts will be healed, and they will be able to love the way God intended.

Just think about it. Then, go to the Father and pray about it because we have blessings attached to our enemies and they have blessings attached to us.

#soul searching with our Father# #praying for the enemies known and unknown# #praying they have an encounter with Jesus on the way to Damascus#

#Reading with a soar throat because the enemy will not win today#

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