First I’d like to thank the lady who called, and then I’d like to ask has anyone out there, achieved the state of mind whereby people (closely related or far removed) can throw an offensive remark to you and you are not offended? If so, please share your secrets with me!
I can respond lovingly more often now than I used to, but when I receive the straw that breaks the camel’s back I react wrong, and then I have to repent for my reaction to a rude remark. It doesn't really seem fair, because I was fine before the person said the mean thing to me. It seems they should be the one repenting, not me. Why is it the other way around?
Matthew 6:14-15 – “14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Jesus said in Matthew 10:38 – “38And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.
Ever since I began striving to be like Him, "walking in love" and reacting to the "darts the devil throws" by turning the other cheek, praying for my enemies, (for the people who speak offensively to me), I know I am changing, day by day. But when the offense comes from someone close, or one whom you would not expect a hurtful statement to come from, it really catches me off guard, especially when I think I’m in my safe zone. Oh, by the way, there is no ‘safe zone’ here on earth!
Where could I go? Where could I go? Seeking a "refuge" for my soul? Needing a friend, to be there in the end, where could I go, but to the Lord!
Jesus told us in John 15:9-17 - “9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”
He also said in Matthew 10:22 – “22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
It's a problem we all face. We’re trying to imitate God as in Ephesians 5:1-“THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].”
We’re trying to walk the love walk, and endure hardship and trials, but the consequences of our reactions to persecutions are what hurt us.
Jesus received insults, stripes, a crown of thorns, and all the things He suffered, without speaking a mumbling word. How do we turn the other cheek and receive another smart aleck insult, without saying anything back, and then go pray for that person (and ourselves)? It really helps to read Matthew chapter 5!
Jesus said in Luke 18:7 – “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?” Yes Lord, I believe! So I cry out saying, "Lord, help me please, in Jesus’ name, amen."