Opposition, Tiredness and Doubt
“But you, Lord, know
all their plots to kill me.
Do not forgive their crimes
or blot out their sins from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger”
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:14, 17 & 21
“You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5: 43-45a
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”
“…we should have to suspend our consciousness of having a gospel to impart (which affects our attitude to fellow-sinners) and our assurance of a final righting of wrongs (which affects our attitude to present anomalies). Without these certainties, only a cynic could feel no impatience to see justice triumphant and evil men broken; and these authors were no cynics. It would be better, in fact, to speak of their attuning our ears to the gospel than of our adjusting to their situation, for we cannot truly hear its answers until we have felt the force of their questions.”
(Derek Kidner, Psalms 1-72, Tyndale Old Testament Commentary, P.40)
“Yet, however intense, adversity is never a solitary visitor to the soul.”
(Raymond Brown, The Message of Nehemiah, The Bible Speaks Today. P.71)
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
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