Love, Accusation & Prayer

Psalm 109 is a prayer to God from a wounded believer. 109:4,5 read, “In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good and hatred for my love.” Maybe you have tried to do the Christian and loving thing but were rewarded with pain, hurt feelings and a lump in your throat. You did the right and yet feel so wronged. But the love of God is not based upon how it is received. God did not call us to love only if love is reciprocated. God has called us to be ever faithful and never vengeful in love. We love because we emulate Christ, not because we know it will return to us. Jesus said, “treat others as you would want to be treated.”

There was another saying by a different rabbi named Hillel who said, “Do not do to others as you would not want done to you.” The difference between the two statements is subtle but very profound. If I do not do unto others, then I am not actively loving. God has called us to be active in love. It is like the saying, “if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.” That’s just perpetuating the silent hate. We as Christians are to emulate The Creator-God who called into the darkness light and created life with His words. So should we not stay silent, but speak words of light and life – even if all we receive in return is evil for good and accusations for praise. The Psalmists says, “In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.” The secret: prayer. Pray to God for strength to continue to love when it isn’t returned and think of Christ who hung on a cross by the power of love, yet was rejected… he prayed, “forgive them.” Let us do unto others, love in the midst of accusations and pray. Amen.

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