I’ve been thinking for a while that the next article I write needs to be on the importance of doing the right thing even when others don’t. We often think in terms of fairness instead of honestly trying to figure out what Jesus would do so we can act accordingly. It’s interesting that, while this has been on my mind, this is one area I’m struggling in right now. At times, I am honestly not sure what the right thing is but at other times, I have to fight to let God’s Spirit lead me instead of giving in to how my flesh would like to respond. That is what I’m going through right now but I pray to fight the good fight. I see so many who start the fight well but don’t finish well. I want to be one who is faithful to the finish.
Last night after receiving news that someone who was once a dear friend is being spiteful toward us, my flesh began to rise up. God immediately brought to mind Romans 12:14: “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” No matter how hurt I am or how frustrated, my job is to pray for that person. God sees what I’m going through and He will handle them. I’m responsible for my thoughts and actions. I want God’s favor in my life so I need to reflect Him.
I share this, not to complain, but I know I’m not the only one who has gone through this. I’m not sure there’s a greater hurt than to have a former friend turn against you. I think it’s easier to love enemies than to love former friends who have positioned themselves as enemies; yet, God commands us to love them as well. He loved those who crucified Him so He’s not requiring more than He is willing to give the grace for if we will let Him heal our hearts. As hard as this is, I am at peace, knowing He loves me and He has a purpose for this trial. I may not like it and wish with all my heart I didn’t have to walk through it but, if this is what He chooses to use to draw me closer to Him, so be it. I know He is here and, no matter what happens, He will not let go of my hand. Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness.