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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Pardon Your Enemies"

Enemies“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; ”     Matthew 5:44

   I read of a Baptist pastor during the American Revolution, Peter Miller, who lived in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and enjoyed the friendship of George Washington.  In Ephrata also lived Michael Wittman, an evil-minded sort who did all he could to oppose and humiliate the pastor.  One day Michael Wittman was arrested for treason and sentenced to die.  Peter Miller traveled seventy miles on foot to Philadelphia to plead for the life of the traitor.

"No, Peter," General Washington said. "I cannot grant you the life of your friend."

"My friend!" exclaimed the old preacher. "He's the bitterest enemy I have."

"What?" cried Washington.  "You've walked seventy miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in a different light.  I'll grant your pardon."  And he did.

Peter Miller took Michael Wittman back home to Ephrata--no longer an enemy but a friend.

Do you have this attitude toward your enemies?  Are you pleading with God for their forgiveness?  You ought to be seeking a way to reconcile with an enemy, not looking for ways to fight back.  Humble yourself and forgive your enemies, and find ways to do good for them.  Are you willing to be like your Saviour?

Study verses - Luke 6:27, 35; Ps 86:6; Matt 6:12, 14, 15; 18:21, 35

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Previous devotions

Applause - January 18, 2011
Finish! - January 11, 2011
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2011
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011

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