Sometimes there are moments in life when someone wrongs you or takes advantage of you. And then at the next turn God clearly requests you not only forgive them but move forward by afflicting them with abundant kindness. I am in the middle of one of those moments today.
I was in the middle of fuming about a scenario when I was wronged as a professional when I broke away from my computer to do my lunch time routine of food and devos. When I grabbed my Bible I was longing for the comfort I knew it would provide and how it would set my heart straight. I got that and more. Here’s what I read…
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
And now I am thanking God for setting my heart straight, giving me the answer to the thoughts running through my mind, and praying that He will give me the strength to battle my own ill will and unleash kindness, mercy, and love when I am face to face with the object of my bitterness later today. Then my reading from last night pops into my head…
“Remember – the Lord doesn’t give you strength, Hezekiah. He is your strength” (Song of Redemption, 33).
I’ve prayed for strength a lot. But I suppose I should be praying I simply drop my pride and lean on His strength that’s already there waiting for me to claim it.
Happy Wednesday! Thanks for reading my words.