Sunday Sheep Ponderings – November 15, 2015

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Pondering today on loving my enemies.

I remember about 15 years ago, I had a falling out with a close friend. I don’t even know what happened but basically she just stopped being my friend, no explanation, no trying to resolve, just an abrupt end. My heart was so crushed! We vacationed together, homeschooled together and our kids were close friends.
I went through a couple of weeks of hurt that turned to months of anger. I mean seriously, we were middle age adults. What the heck happened? Couldn’t we at least talk about it?

Then it came, that voice that asks you to put your emotions aside and forgive. Are you kidding me? She didn’t deserve my forgiveness! She had treated me so wrong AND she claimed to love Jesus! I had moved to my high horse.
Then it happened, the Father gave me His eyes of compassion for her. She was a daughter who didn’t understand the love of her Father, a princess who didn’t know she had captured the heart of the King. It was heartbreaking and I forgave her…not because she needed it, but because I did.

Fast forward to Friday night in Paris. Several young people who didn’t understand the love of their Father, who didn’t realize they had captured the heart of the King. Bound with chains of religion, they had decided to murder their brothers and sisters.
And here is the tension we live in. How do we forgive them? Jesus told us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. He didn’t just say it but He DID it. On the cross, as He is in pain, His friends had turned their back on Him, as many mocked and laughed at Him…He uses His very last breaths to say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” Don’t get me wrong, my heart hurts so much for those who lost loved ones that night, a tragedy and hurt that I can not imagine!

But my heart also hurts for those suicide bombers. They too were created in the image and likeness of God but they had no idea who they were. They were so deceived by religion, by culture, by lies and they threw their lives away. Lives that were created for a purpose. And so I forgive them, not because they need it but because I do.

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2 thoughts on “Sunday Sheep Ponderings – November 15, 2015

  1. Hi Wendy, I understand what you are saying & know how important your faith is to you. My 23 year old daughter & I watched in horror as the awful events were unfurling live on our News program. We were due to go to Disneyland Paris tomorrow .We had to make the decision whether to continue with the trip. Seeing the state my daughter was in next morning,she was having panic attacks,we cancelled. She won’t even go to London for a few days. We shouldn’t have to live in fear. Those poor people were out socialising & were attacked randomly. They might not even agree with their president’s foreign policies. On the plus side I think you have to remember that although there are some wicked people in this world they are in a minority. Regards to you all from England.

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    1. Our theme at church this month is peace and between our powerful sermon today and your post, I will try to pray peacefully for our enemies who created and followed through with such a horrific event.

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