To add to your Task as an Offering 1, the 2nd task of the week is:
Pray for those who have hurt you.
People who treated you badly, that didn’t fulfill their role as a mother, father or child in your life, who spoke badly about you, who have done wrong against you, who hurt you, who used dirty tricks to harm you, who envy you, who criticize you, yelled at you, who bully you, and so on… people who have hurt you deeply.
You know, I have had several experiences like this. There are times when I have to stop everything and pray for someone who is doing everything to get to me. And I’m well accustomed to this. But it’s still not easy. It is not easy for you to give to people who just want to give you a slap in the face, but the Lord Jesus taught us that:
But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:27-36)
Note that this is one of the conditions to being a child of the Most High… to be as He is, kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Pray for your enemies, forgive those who wronged you, and never get tired of doing good to anyone, even those who apparently do not deserve it… that’s what it is to be merciful as our Father.
Afterwards tell me how your experience was in the comments below, write it in your diary and don’t forget to speak to your friend like sister about it, who knows, she might get motivated to do hers as well.
In the faith of the Shelter of the Most High.