Q: “My in-laws are devils ( literally) sorry to say but I just passed them to God . Right now, they have miserable life while God blessed me. I let go and let God. My God is bigger than them . As long as I have God, I am happy.”
Dear Sister, Love you. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to give us a sober mind and alert spirit with open eyes to see His victory pointers because He wants each of us victorious and experiencing the abundant life Jesus came to give (John 10:10). The consequences for disobedience are very costly.
Please kindly review Ephesians 6:12. Our struggle is Not against any person. Human beings are on the same side of the war as us. Some behave as though they are enemies during a season when they are captives to do the enemy’s will; pray that they be released completely from the demonic influence.
2 Timothy 2:26 And that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Release the remaining anger and negative feelings to the Lord because we can become what we hate. Lord, please help!
Let’s pray for humble hearts because we are by nature, proud and self-involved. Let us pray to be more and more like Jesus, our only Hope of Glory (Col 1:27).
Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
If we are pleased when God disciplines those who hurt us, God will stop His work in them. Additionally, with our pride, since He is opposed to the proud, He will turn His discipline towards us instead. Which we don’t like, Sis 😰
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.” Proverbs 24:17-18 NASB
We were once blind and behaving like enemies to others, but we come to Christ because of people who extended grace, mercy, love, forgiveness to us when we didn’t deserve it. Highest of all, Jesus died for us while we were completely in rebellion against Him (Romans 5:8) so let’s pray for a broken, contrite heart, humble before God for Him to lead us in His ways, loving others the way He loves us.
“Love in Action
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Two sins have extra heavy discipline. One of them is Unforgiveness (torment that does not go away with prayer, good works, fasting). If we say we forgive, let us pray to love them from the heart and be merciful towards them even in thought and speech. It is possible only by God’s grace.
Little roots of bitterness will grow up and defile many, including ourselves and our own loved ones. Let’s ask God to help us nip any roots of bitterness.
Hebrews 12:15 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter rootgrows up to cause trouble and defile many.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
1 John 4:20-21 NIV
We are still on this side of heaven and seasons change. We will need God’s mercy and compassion, His rescue from distress. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him and walking obediently instead of the suffering of others, in-laws or otherwise.
Let’s pray for our victory over evil, Sis, not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good. 🙏✨
Thank you so much for your honesty and openness.