Have you ever heard that the people who are the closest to you can hurt you the most? Well, I believe that is true. I mean, look at what happened with Judas and Jesus. That’s living proof that it does in fact, happen. And if it occurred with our Savior, then we can definitely expect it to take place with us. So…what do you when someone you love hurts you?
Do you lash out at the individual? Do you withhold your affection? Do you curl up in a ball and cry? Do you get angry and give the silent treatment? Do you pray about it? What’s your way of dealing with it? Everybody has a way of dealing with this type of hurt in some form or fashion. But in either case, I want to introduce you or remind you of leaning towards this way.
Don’t keep a record. Trash it! The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:5, “…it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.” That “it” is talking about “love.” So trashing the record means that once someone has hurt you, you (and I) are going to have to learn how to deal with truly letting it go and letting God supernaturally heal the pain.
Keeping a record means keeping score. It’s the “I remember when you did…” sort of thing. It’s the rehashing of what happened to you or what the other person said that hurt you played out over and over again. Quite honestly, the devil loves it when we rehash it or gossip about it or want to lash out over it, or even want to put out a negative post on social media about it, because he knows that those actions are totally against God’s word and His ways. It’s evil. And God says, “Be ye angry, and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:26)
Think about it. Again, the Lord tells us to “keep no record.” But the enemy roams around whispering reminders of what happened to you. And then there’s a choice between good and evil. You can either obey the word of the Lord or give into the temptation to do evil. His purpose is to devour us. The word tell us so in 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.” (NLT)
The bottom line is that God wants us to love people, readily forgive (before a root of bitterness begins to grow) and stand strong in our faith, especially as the tribulation hour and day of Jesus’ return draws closer and closer. The world is getting colder and Christians are really beginning to attack one another on different issues, points of views, disagreements, and the list can go on and on. There are wars at home, in the workplace, and even in the church. It’s really disheartening and it needs to stop.
Unconditional love is the key that unlocks the door to peace, resolution, and abundant blessings! Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Live the abundant life that Jesus died to give you, sis. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy, productivity, or your loving heart through difficult circumstances or through those who have hurt you. Forgive them, let Jesus heal you, and trash the record, my sister. It’s time to move on and be FREE!
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon. And those who endure unto the end, shall be saved. Let’s be ready from the Inside Out.
Question: Is it hard for you to love someone in your life right now? Is it hard for you to let go of the record of wrongs against you? If so, how are you dealing with it? Write in to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
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