We have an enemy, but it’s not each other.

…do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
— Luke 6:27b–Luke 6:28

Say this slowly but assuredly:
Today I will speak with honor in the midst of being dishonored.
Today I will speak with peace in the midst of being threatened.
Today, I will speak of good things in the midst of a bad situation. So help me God. Amen.
Truth proclaimed and lived out is a fiercely accurate weapon against evil.
You may feel very much like your struggle is against people around you. You may have been deeply hurt by them. It’s hard to see that the struggle isn’t with them or caused by them.

The Enemy

The Enemy

However, truth tells me something different. Truth says I have an enemy… but it’s not the person I’m trying hard to forgive. They may very well be the cause of some hurt in my life, but they’re not my enemy.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. — Ephesians 6:12

Point your cross-hairs at the real enemy and start firing off positive statements about people who have caused you pain and disappointment in your life.

Forgiveness releases an offense into the hands of God so that you can heal.
Forgiving someone doesn’t mean I’ll get my storybook ending. But it will bring peace and honor to a situation that would otherwise leave me bitter, defensive, and hurting.
You have to trust God to get you through this forgiveness journey so that you can finally and fully heal.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. — Isaiah 26:3

Lift up your hurt, disappointments and honest feelings to the Lord through prayer.

Dear Lord God, I don’t know all the details but you know all. Therefore, You are the only one who can handle all. There are a lot of things my flesh is tempted to seek — fairness, my right to be right, proof of others wrongdoing, to make them see things from my vantage point — but at this point, the only thing healthy for me to seek is You. You alone. I’m going to be obedient to You and let You handle everything else. Help me to be gracious In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.