Forgiveness

“If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him; pray that God will bless him.”  Romans 12:14

“Dear friends, never avenge yourselves, leave that to God”  Romans 12:19

Whenever someone publicly shares their Christian faith, eventually they will encounter hostility.  It may take many forms including scorn, ridicule, ostracism, shaming and the like.  This hurts deeply because it hits the core of who we really are.  Our reaction is to fight back, to want to tell them how wrong they are, to defend who we are, and to perhaps mentally judge them.  But none of this is God’s way.  God says to bring it all to him and ask him to bless the person.

That is a tall order, because we don’t feel like asking God to bless them.  We want God to punish them in some way.  But we forget that when God really, really blesses a person, it changes them.  They are healed and whole, filled with God’s spirit and no longer do they resemble the person who hurt us.

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