How does it make you feel to see someone who has hurt you….hurt?
We must be careful that we don’t wish evil on our enemies or adversaries. Remember that it’s bigger than our disagreement, or even the fact that they may hate us for no reason.
They are God’s creation too.
They were made in His image too.
God doesn’t love your enemy ANY LESS than He loves you.
He wants them delivered too.
When something bad happens to them, sometimes we find ourselves saying, “Good, that’s what they get!”
When we judge in our hearts that they are getting what they deserve, we are setting ourselves up for the same judgment.
Remember Matthew 7:1,2…
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” If you continue reading, Jesus uses strong words here calling us hypocrites when we do this.
Stop and think about the things you have done to hurt someone else. Think about who you may have mistreated.
Think about the fact you’ve given some of your ‘haters’ a good reason to feel ‘some kinda way’ about you.
Most of all, think of how you’ve hurt God.
Psalm 103:10 is a good reminder that God doesn’t deal with us as we deserve….
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.”
We should extend to one another the same grace and mercy that’s given to us. Rather than celebrate your enemy’s misfortune, we should pray that it brings them closer to Our heavenly Father…because ultimately, that’s what God wants.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.