God's Way, Not Mine
Read Romans 12: 9-21
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peacefully with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 14-21 (NRSV)
Sultana Butt lives in Karnataka, India. The atmosphere in her office was tense. Her boss had scolded her, and Sultana was hurt. Later, when she was alone, temptation overcame her as she brooded over his allegations, some of which were baseless. Her anger got the better of her, and she shot off a scathing email to him.
Sultana instantly regretted her deed. She had caused hurt and misunderstanding in her workplace. Later, this Bible verse came to mind: "Do not repay anyone evil for evil." Just because she had been hurt didn't justify her reaction. Scripture repeatedly urges us to forgive those who hurt us. In Romans 12, Paul wrote about blessing those who persecute us, even if it is our boss or colleague. He wrote, "Live at peace with everyone."
Forgiveness is difficult. When we are hurt, it's hard to forget. Paul went on to write that we ought to "overcome evil with good." In order to do so we will need to humble ourselves before God and not take matter into our own hands. Surely our relationship with those at work and others in our lives will be stronger when we live in obedience to God's teaching from the apostle.
Prayer: O God, help us learn to forgive when we feel hurt by others so that reconciliation may come, in Jesus' name. Amen.
P.S. Prayer: Thank you Lord for giving me a job with people who reflect Your Word with love and support for each other, in Jesus' name. Amen