IT IS OK TO BE WRONGED. One of the most difficult things for me as a Christian is to let myself be wronged, and do nothing or say anything about it. I ain’t gonna lie, it’s hard. I’ve gotten better at it, but it still hurts.
Christ’s example to us is, “if someone slaps you on one cheek, give him the other as well”. If someone wants your outer tunic, give him your robes. Don’t make someone repay you what you’ve given to them. (Side note: these are for the private person, not a governing body)
Here’s why you do not need to take matters in your own hand, “Vengeance is mine, says the LORD”. It’s not your job to mete out justice. This belongs solely to the Lord. Do you not think that He’s in control? That He sees everything under the sun? That He knows every thought and word of the wicked? And that ONE DAY He will take care of it all?“The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Men will say, Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God Who judges on the earth.” Psalm 58:10-11 Perhaps it will help you as it does me to remember what a sinful person I was in my old life and that at times my heart still holds things it should not. I still fight the battle in my mind and every thought is not always pure about others.
I have often spoken badly about someone else because of my own insecurities and bitterness. I am still being sanctified and cleansed. I have not arrived. My tongue is still being tamed. Perhaps it would help you as it does me to remember Spurgeon’s words, “Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction.
If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be still nearer the truth.”We are in a spiritual battle. Your enemy is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Pray for those who despitefully use you. Curse the devil and bless your enemies, BLESS and curse not. For you will heap coals upon them in acting righteously and perhaps will lead them to repentance. Do not render evil for evil, but repay evil with kindness. Give a gift to a cruel person and watch your own heart melt. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No. For nothing shall be impossible with Him. #runyourrace
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