Nehemiah 3:36 Take note, O our God, how we were mocked! Turn back their derision upon their own heads and let them be carried away to a land of captivity!
“Beloved child of my heart, if they mocked me, they will mock you too. Do not fear this, for when it happens your reward is great indeed. Pray for those who hurt you, and bless those who curse you. For without your blessing they will likely never repent, and they will go down to the captivity that never ends. And if you neglect to bless those who hurt you, and they fail to repent, you will bear a portion of the responsibility. Do not take these words lightly, for they are Spirit and truth. Let them give light to your soul and life to those you meet. Be at peace, my child. Shalom.”
Jesus, Beloved, I thank and praise you for this timely and important reminder of my obligation to forgive and bless even my enemies. Help me to live this way, in your grace, that I might imitate your mercy in this and in all things. Amen.