It is completely baffling and horrible how we as humans are so quick to betray and tear each other apart. Yet we have been doing it since the beginning of time. In some cases it is by blaming the other person when we are caught up in something as Adam did with Eve. Or because we are jealous of what another person does, as Caleb did to Abel. Or how about jealousy and to gain what the other person has? Jacob tricked his brother Esau and his father in order to gain Esau’s birthright and blessing. The ultimate betrayal was Judah betraying Jesus. He regretted it later and said in Matthew 27:4 “I have sinned.” he declared, ” for I have betrayed an innocent man.” It has been part of our nature since Adam and Eve first sinned. We turn on each other quickly and what for? Money? Not enough attention? Our feelings are hurt?
It doesn’t matter. We as humans hurt others when we hurt and when we do this we also hurt the Lord and the man who died on the cross for us. So how do we keep from continuing these vicious attacks on each other and the Lord? How do we stop the cycle we seem to be in?
1) We make no response (Matthew 27:14). I believe with no response it shows that you are trying to be forgiving and loving as the Lord was as He was being persecuted.
2)Wash and keep ourselves clean so that no fault can be on you. I believe by doing so we can stop passing on the cycle. Although you may be under attack you are not in return attacking someone else. You are letting it slide off and keeping your own mind and spirit clean.
3)Forgive and pray for your persecutors. Jesus was hung on a cross for us and his persecutors. Yet some of his dying words were asking the Lord to forgive them. There is nothing else you can really do unless you strike back, but that’s not love and that does not stop the cycle of hatred.
4) Remember you never know your own God Plan, let alone someone else’s. So be careful because those you attack or persecute could be someone God has great plans for and you don’t want to be like those on their knees in front of Jesus realizing they had just crucified the Son of God.
The next time that we feel like the world and even the church is against you or when someone else is attacking you remember that hurting people hurt people. They may not know what they are doing and even if they do it is not our place to strike back. God is the ultimate judge. Walk away and work through the pain they are causing you but DO NOT retaliate. Vent to those that you trust and lots and lots of prayer but then let go and move forward. This is something I have been having to learn in a big way lately and it is something that is helping me. It’s not easy by any means but it’s what has been helping and I pray will help someone else.
Lord, we come to you asking you to help us through this thing called life. Help us to be loving and forgiving of those who are hurting us and doing everything in their power to tear us apart. Keep us strong and able to walk through all of this pain knowing that you are our loving Father and that you will keep us in your arms forever and ever.