I thought I was at peace with everyone in my life until I was faced with a situation that surprised me with a slight panic attack. I would be in the same room with someone who had hurt my family deeply. I had been very angry with this person for causing such injustice.
I thought to myself, “Ugh I wish I weren’t a Christian today. It would be so much easier to just give this person the cold shoulder.”
I don’t know about you, but being a Christian definitely causes tension in my heart, spirit and mind in instances where people wrong me. Reacting according to our hurt feels so much better in the moment than taking the time to pray and intentionally deciding to see our enemies through eyes of compassion.
Anxiety was setting in my mind because I only had the morning to get my heart right and a fresh revelation of peace about the pain this person had caused. I knew if I didn’t get clarity, the tension and unforgivness would make for a really awkward confrontation. Instead, I wanted freedom to walk in that room and usher in heaven, a quiet confidence and sound mind. So that morning, I pressed in to prayer and asked God to speak directly to me.
The Word is living and active and cuts like a sword between flesh and spirit, and I hope these verses help you to get freedom from the grip of an injustice and a bitter heart caused by your enemies too. (Hebrews 4:12)
These are the verses God gave me and they were like drinking in cool, refreshing water to my wounds and resentment.
1. O Lord of Heavens Armies, what joy for those who trust in you. Psalm 84:12
2. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. Psalms 27: 5-6
3. The Lord is our sun and our shield, He gives grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. Psalm 84:11
4. Show favor to the one you anointed. Psalms 84:9
5. What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord. Psalms 84:5
6. I shout joyfully to the living God….What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. Psalms 2:4
7. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you say. 2 Thessalonians 2:16
8. Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment and the word will devour them like wool. Isaiah 51:7-8
9. If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
10. Greater is he in me than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
After reading and meditating on these scriptures, I felt like a weight was lifted off of me and I had a complete mindset shift. I walked in that room feeling free, empowered and compassionate. What a powerful relief that was! Thank you God.
Even though it takes longer to press in to get a new attitude and perspective in order to live a meaningful Christian life, it is ultimately so much more liberating and confidence infusing. It feels better in the moment to satisfy our fleshy urges by gossipping, cursing, casting mean girl glares or seething in anger; but really we are the ones being poisoned by what we think is making us feel better.
When we bear grudges against someone, we think it’s protecting us, but actually it’s allowing that person to continue to have power over us.
I pray that the Lord will give you breath of fresh air through the power of His Word today and help you see the injustice you’ve faced with His perspective. I bless you with freedom, purity of heart and joy!
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