01 Aug Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 59
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 59-West Palm Beach, Florida:
When someone does us wrong, how often do we want to run to God to get revenge? Nobody likes to be hurt, used, or abused in this world. When situations occur that we do not agree with, we tend to lash out and get very angry, especially if our limits are pushed. The first thing we usually do is tell everyone that we know about what happened that we are close with or if we are a private person debate within ourselves what our next step should be to get even and or to solve the problem, if possible.
After we are done venting it out and have a plan of action based on our deliberations and the opinions of others, we turn to God to make it right. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Should we not ask God to forgive those who have hurt us and pray for their sins to be forgiven? We forget what we are taught by Jesus on many occasions and we turn to God with hate instead of love. Forgiving someone is the most difficult thing to do in this world for most people. Praying for someone else who hurt us, why would we do that?
The reason why we pray for others and we should not pray for revenge is because the victory is the Lord’s. It is not our place to get even with everyone who hurts us. The amount of wasted energy being spent on vengeance could be better utilized loving your neighbor, as you love yourself. If you would not cut off your own hand, why would you want to cut off the hand of your enemy? Are we not all sinners?
Jesus teaches us through Matthew the following: “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also”.
These are powerful words and ones that we should obey. No one man or woman on Earth is perfect, but we can strengthen our relationship with God by following the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ. In closing a passage we should all live by, also from Matthew teaches us that, “you have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. Amen.
Reflection Day #59
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: