Love to Enemies from the Example of Christ
1 God of my mercy and my praise!
Thy glory is my song;
Though sinners speak against thy grace
With a blaspheming tongue.
2 When in the form of mortal man
Thy Son on earth was found,
With cruel slanders, false and vain,
They compass’d him around.
3 Their mis’ries his compassion mov’d;
Their peace he still pursu’d;
They render’d hatred for his love,
And evil for his good.
4 Their malice rag’d without a cause;
Yet with his dying breath
He pray’d for murd’rers on his cross,
And bless’d his foes in death.
5 O may his conduct, all-divine,
To me a model prove!
Like his, O God! my heart incline
My enemies to love.
The real solution to dealing with injustice from others is not vengeance, unchecked anger, or bitter brooding. It’s forgiveness. If you want to experience an abundant life in Jesus, you must learn how to forgive those who have hurt you. The Bible says, “The devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12). Satan is the rancorous, angry, and vengeful one—and he is the instigator of our thoughts of revenge.