“Now Lord, you have to agree with me. You know how these people are. How can they call themselves Christians and behave in such snake like ways? It’s not fair. Now, don’t you feel the same way? Surely we’re on the same page.”
But the Lord never got in the boat with me. He didn’t pull up a chair and say, “Oh yeah, Margie, I know just how you feel. I totally identify with your bitter and anxious emotions. And l remember when they did thus and thus and, oh my goodness, I remember when they did this and that and yes, that too. I have a trunkful of juicy details that I could share with you.”
No, that conversation never happened—I had a different one—it began like this.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven”
“Oh Lord, why did you have to bring that up? This situation’s different. I know you just have to agree with me! Isn’t this an exception to the rule?”
Again, there was no rescue, no apology given for His clear directive from the Bible. And then I remembered Patty Mason’s talk about walking through a valley with the Word of God on your lips. “You must look at and only declare what God says. You can have joy and peace in the midst of trouble.”
“Lord, bless my enemies. Lord, just bless them.” My spirit began to feel peace. “Lord, you know what they need. Bless them with those things.” My stomach which had felt like sand-spurs began to calm. I prayed again and again and instead of feeling squashed and trampled upon, a champion spirit rose within me. I was victor, no man’s victim. I was having fun!
Is this you today? Are you trapped in anger and seeking revenge? Well—I have another Word for you!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”