"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
-Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)
This was the verse of the day from Bible Gateway and it has got me thinking that it is a shame that more Christians do not follow this verse. They will not pray for the people who have hurt them. They always talk about Karma coming back on that person who has hurt them. Some do not practice forgiveness at all, but hold people's sins against them as if they do not believe people can change. It saddens me when I hear others hoping something bad will happen to another because they were hurt by that person instead of moving on with their life and praying for that person. I, for one, do not believe in Karma; I leave everything in the hands of God. It's the one thing my mom taught me in all my years. She has had more than enough reasons to hate certain people in her life; yet, she doesn't. She just moves on with her life and prays for the people who have hurt her. She holds no grudges, but loves with a quiet love. I have also witnessed people who have done awful things in their past turn to God and change their ways-a sign of true repentance; yet, others repeatedly speak ill will of that person and bring up their past. I pray more fervently for the ones who will not let go and forgive than for the person who has repented and got right with God. They do not realize that when they hold onto grudges and talk about how Karma will get that person who did them wrong or how they just know a person will burn in hell because they had beat their wife or any other sin makes them look ugly for speaking evil on another person. Jesus tells us, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." -Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) Jesus also tells us, "And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven."- Matthew 12:31 (NIV) so making the judgement that another person will not get into Heaven because they did something we believe is unforgivable than we better read the scriptures again and look at ourselves. If one has truly repented from their sin (betrayal, murder, rape, molestation, gossip, slander, perversion, addiction, and so on) who are we to treat them as an out cast and make the statement "there is a special fire in hell for that person." (Yes, I have heard that said.)
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." -Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
"And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven."- Matthew 12:31 (NIV)