Others Will Hurt Us
There has to be something said about when we are hurt by the words or actions of others. That pain is something that each one of us has to deal with at one time or another. Sometimes our hurts can be based off of presumptions and half-truths. Raise your hand if this sounds like you (raises hand).
This week when choosing my feature from the Salt & Light Linkup a post by Rachel Lee from Be Thee Inspired stopped my heart dead in it’s tracks. How good it is to know that we serve a God who bridges the gaps and crosses the divides. Jesus’ example is that of unfaltering, unwavering love, even to the point of loving tax collectors and prostitutes when no one else would. The best part is He shows us how to love others like He does.
Many of us are Hurt
After reading this post the topic was at the forefront of my mind, then fast-forward to Sunday service and guess what the topic is on? The very same thing (okay God you have my attention).
Something struck me when taking in a second dose on the topic of loving the unlovely. As most of us congregates nodded in unison about having to deal with those who have hurt us, a question arose in my heart. How many times have I been the one who is hurting others? If I’m being completely honest I can be the unlovely one (just ask my Husband and kids).
We Hurt others too…
The truth is that as each of us seeks out a way to better handle those who hurt us, we should also be willing to address the fact that we are sometimes the unlovely. We can make it pretty difficult for others to love us.
Yes, that means all of us.
If we are willing to reassess the situation from an imperfect place, hurts might be resolved more quickly.
How to handle the Hurt
How much grace are we are willing to extend to others when we are coming from a place of hurt? If we are willing to forgive and love a person who is causing our spirit to grieve, how much more will my Father extend grace to us?
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
Colossians 3:13 NLT
Did you catch it? The verse above says you MUST forgive others. It isn’t negotiable.
“…Forgive others, and you will be forgiven”
Luke 6:37 NLT
Today as you examine the subject of loving the unlovely, please be ready to do some self-examining and lots of forgiving.
I tried not to let it bother me, but the truth is, it did.
It was recently brought to our attention that some not-so-nice things were being said about our family, by someone that we once called a friend.
It shouldn’t have surprised me.
We had suspected that this was the case. Rumors have a way of making their way back to the person they’re targeting, after all. Yet being privy to this fact, didn’t make the arrow sting any less.