This week at fight club we talked about praying Gods judgement on other people. Now it’s not as dark as that may sound. Really we talked about Psalms of Judgement or also known as Imprecatory Psalms. In Psalms 69:24 David prays about the people that hate him and he ask God to make their peace to be a trap and to let their eyes be darken so they cannot see and he goes on about all these horrible things. But now you are wondering then why it does say in Matthew 5:43-45, YOU have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Now we are getting mixed signals. Do we as Christians believe that we should pray judgment on other people? That we don’t have to forgive our enemies?
The conclusion that the group came up with was that we were reading about these in the wrong way. We think by asking God to bring judgment we want God to judge the conflict and ask him to take it from you because human anger is dangerous to our souls. So when you ask God to judge the situation and judge that person you’re asking God to take the conflict from yourself and have it handled in a Godly way. But when doing so you need to also forgive that person because it is exhausting to hold onto that anger and judgement. It’s freeing to forgive. If Jesus Christ could hang tired, beaten, and starved on a cross while people verbally attack him and still look to the father and say “forgive them father for they know not what they have done” then surly we should show mercy for enemies(Luke 23:24). With that being said, who in your life needs your forgiveness? Who do you need God to judge and take the conflict into his hands?
My name is Carly Smith and I am on the leadership team for FIGHT club. I help with making sure people write meetings, and making sure everyone knows what we talk about. I will be writing most of these posts on meetings that we have, but every now and again there will be a guest blogger. Please tell us what you think. I hope you enjoy:)