What if God is love, and you are running from Him? What’s so great about these prayers is that they focus your attention on God. Luke 6:27-36 speaks to this issue in great detail. This is a powerful response in such a difficult time. There are times when we will allow ourselves to endure unnecessary pain in relationships because we believe it’s our duty or because it brings us to a place of meekness that honors Christ. Breathing fire and slaughter, he was on his way to Damascus on a campaign of violence. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number. The Bible has a word for our own ideas about God—it is “idolatry.” In ancient times, idols were made from wood, stone or metal. Some people may try to tough it out and will pretend the words or actions of others don’t effect them, but the truth of the matter is… sometimes they do! During his three years of ministry Jesus did so much good—healing the sick, feeding the hungry, proclaiming the greatest teaching that this world has ever heard. We hammer out our own ideas of who we think God is and what we want him to be like in our own mind. Every Christian is a recipient of the mercy of God—a full and free forgiveness, gained by Christ's undergoing the punishment for our sins, in our place, on Calvary's cross. I can’t change.”. And they have rejected Christianity for this very reason. 33. Painful words and violent tempers can create traps in your life that God may not be calling you to be part of. What happens? Repentance is a decisive turning from all that God calls sin to offer myself to Christ. Listen . Here are some prayer points that may help you deal with hurt with wisdom and grace: Pray for God to search your wounded heart ( Psalm 139:23 ). A god who is shaped by you will die with you. Forgiveness according to the Bible is not a suggestion, in fact it is a command that God gives... 2. The temptation will be to avoid God’s word. [He will repay those who persecute the church,] with an everlasting destruction…” 2 Thessalonians 1:6,9. Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. A god who is shaped by you will die with you. Many times we are not in a place to force the other person to stop their hurtful behavior. If the person who harmed you was to see what they did and truly to repent, you might find it in your heart to forgive them. Just think what He could have done in thirty years! Just as a god who is shaped by me will die with me. That’s why so many people have come to see Christianity as a projection of human thought. It’s important that we apply godly wisdom to all relationships we’re in. Where possible, you should look for opportunities to bless and assist those who wrong you. Perhaps, he’s called you to stay put in a place you don’t want to. He can show you how strong he is even while you are going thru your hurt. “He will punish those who… do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8. God says, “I am who I am. As believers, we can choose whether we will hold grudges or practice grace, but if we are truly following Him, the choice has already been made. The closer you become with the Scripture, the more God will speak to you about the relationships you’re in. In the process of working through my heart issues, I prayed hard and asked God to give me the opportunity to ask for forgiveness to those who I’ve hurt. What we do here week-by-week is take a passage of the Bible and place ourselves under it. People who do good often suffer and people who do evil often prosper. How are we supposed to stand up under it?” This is the kind of thing the people in Thessalonica were experiencing and this letter was written to give the answer. That’s why He cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Christ endured everything that hell is on the cross. Psalm 31:2 "Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which you have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! If you grasp this most difficult of doctrines, and place yourself under this truth, God will use it to soften your heart today. In some areas of Christian life we struggle to find out how God wants us to respond, but that’s not the case here. Include feelings toward others who have hurt you. I deserve this judgment, but God has shown me mercy. God simply tells us to pray for them. When one of David’s generals asked permission to take off his head, David responded, leave Shimei alone, perhaps God has told him to curse me (2 Samuel 16:5-4). God does not have to remove your hurt to show you strong he is. 7 Steps to Healing the Hurt By Sandra D. Wilson New Life Ministries. What happens? The hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts. The justice of God will often not be obvious in this world. This truth is meant to help someone who’s been wronged, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. That’s why Jesus commanded his leaders, “Love one another…. Perhaps, he’s called you to serve in a difficult spot. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:18-20). Forgiveness is that important to God that He is willing to hold back His hand if we choose to not forgive those who have wronged us. Isaiah says, “The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). That is what He is saying to us through His words to us today. But I am not helped by people who only say what I want to hear. If God is just, how can He punish like this?”, The best answer I ever heard to that question was given by a friend of mine who is a middle school pastor…. Maybe you have been saying to yourself “I’ll think about Christianity some day.” Think about it today. He may be calling you to realign some relationships. The combination of these two words is terrifying, but the meaning is clear—this is a destruction without end. This is the Gospel that we believe and that we proclaim. It is good news, not only for all of us here today, but for every person in this community. You have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are feeling angry about betrayal, the natural thing you might want to do is hurt them back and seek revenge. Ask yourself if the relationships you’re in really reflect God. When you are addressing the hurts committed against you, it also might be a good time to address those that you have hurt. A particular group of people are picked on and attacked viciously and repeatedly. Jesus Christ came into the world because there is a future catastrophe that you need saving from. If someone were to ask you to make a list of all of the people that hurt you, you can probably write out a number of people who have caused you pain. Now the Spirit of God is on him giving him these words to write to the church. God calls us to forgive. So many friendships have been shattered because of cruel words and actions that have left those who have been hurt feeling betrayed. You will be amazed at the way compassion sneaks in the back door of your heart. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. I wanted Him to deal to him big time! I know myself. When you can pray that prayer ~ and mean it with all your heart ~ then you will know you have forgiven him.” I thought that would be easy, but when I came to do it, I did not want God to bless that man! Suppose on the way home, the same boy punches a policeman on the nose. You trust Christ because He is altogether worthy of your trust. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7), When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, “This is a strange message for a weekend when we are welcoming large numbers of first- time visitors at the public launch of a new campus.” You may have wondered, “Is he really going to speak on these verses from the Bible?”, I have to tell you, I had the same question. Saul of Tarsus was the terror of the early church. David protects himself from sinning by trusting God and assuming that God’s plan is beyond his understanding. The risen Christ was saying, “Saul, your real fight is not with Christians, or with churches. You must also avoid the temptation of withholding your goodness from those who hurt you. He once persecuted Christians himself! “This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates, Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical…, Staying the Course (When You're Tired of the Battle). For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. But keep reading the Bible, even if for just a few minutes each day. You may say, “How do I do that? Whether we realize it or not, all of us at times are on both sides of that. Answer: Everlasting destruction. Love one another…” (John 13:34-35, 15:12) Then he … These may be family members, friends, coworkers, even a friend from church. Eternity hangs on this. I have been studying this book all of my life, and this is the message that I find in it and that I want you to grasp. How do you restrain the desire to even the score? The Best Ways to Deal with People Who Hurt You Confronting someone who has hurt you can be a difficult and daunting task. Right there in the dust, this man repents and believes. Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. This means that you have a God-given RIGHT to EXPECT to be avenged of your enemies (those who have hurt you). On an occasion like this you have to make a choice. To be shut out from God’s presence and from His power means to be without hope and without love forever. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44, Anyone who has suffered at the hands of another person, as we all have in some way, will hear this and say, “Love him? He did so much good in three years of ministry. You could spend your whole life shaping a god to your own liking—a god who loves what you love, a god who says what you want to hear and a god who calls you to live as you are already living. We will never sell or misuse your information. Power and wealth count for nothing with Him. In big blockbuster movies, we often see the story line – the hero of the movie is hurt or a victim of injustice, and throughout the movie seeks to recover what is rightfully his or hers. God is available, able, active in all of our hurt. There’s a real relationship here in which you trust that He is the Son of God. The Bible has a word for our own ideas about God—it is “idolatry.”. “Those who really love you don’t mean to hurt you and if they do, you can’t see it in … It has to be, about Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave Himself for me. This can be tough, so God provides some balance with verses like 2 Corinthians 12:10 which says, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distressed, with persecutions, with difficulties for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20). 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