When people hurt us….well, it hurts! (I know, super profound there, huh?)
But no, seriously, when people hurt us, it can cause us to lose ourselves for a little bit. We become down and depressed a little, maybe even angry. We sometimes lash out at the person, giving them an earful. (I know I’ve been guilty of this in times past.)
My church has been hurt lately. And there are people who are making sure we know it. It has caused a great deal of discouragement and a little righteous anger, if I’m being honest. These people don’t seem to realize just how badly it hurts! The negativity they are spreading on social media…..it’s just downright mean!
The human nature in me wants to lash out, to yell, to scream, to retaliate. That’s what Satan wants me to do.
But I’m going to turn the other cheek. In Matthew 5:38-40, it says:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a]39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
I don’t understand why this is happening but I do know that God wants me to react in a manner pleasing to Him. He doesn’t want me to give in to my human nature desires.
It’s hard for me, believe me. I am struggling with this very much. I want to comment back so badly. I have so many retorts for them. But this will not please the Lord. He wants me to rise above. And I’m working on it. It seems that just when I’ve reached a point where I think I’m fine then I see other comments made. I actually had a former church member unfriend me and others from our church. It hurt so badly.
It shouldn’t be this way!! But it is.
And I’m turning the other cheek.