Luke 6:28 (NLT)
28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

These are the words of Jesus reminding us not to bring hatred into our hearts. Instead bless those who might curse us and pray for those who would hurt us.

These are difficult words to live by. If someone hurts us often we want to hurt them back. If someone is unkind, we don�t want to show kindness. Instead we usually return what we receive. Yet Jesus told us to pray for those who hurt us. Our sinful flesh wants to follow the rule an eye for an eye. Jesus even told us �You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: �An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.� But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.� Thinking of recent tragedies that have taken place these are very hard words indeed. We need to remember the wisdom of God is greater than our wisdom. Pray for those who have been hurt, but also pray for those who have inflicted the pain.