Today’s exhortation 10/04/2018
She hurt me so bad. She had taken what belonged to me and expected me to keep quiet. She laughed me to scorn and spread evil about me. I was deeply hurt and sought my revenge. One day it came….
Her daughter fell ill in the middle of the night. I had no idea why she was frantic until I remembered – she couldn’t drive at night! That was why she came banging my door, pleading with me to help take her daughter to the hospital. At that point, all I could remember was the fact that she cheated me out of my hard earned sweat. She stole my idea and paraded it as hers, and the rickety car I now drive was because she stole the contract which would have earned me millions of naira, which would have enabled me to buy the latest Mercedes Benz she now has sat in her garage, the same car she was unable to drive to take her dying daughter to the hospital.
As I struggled within me, deciding whether to heed her call or not, the Holy Spirit whispered clearly in my heart. I looked at her and instantly knew what I had to do… I grabbed my car keys and drove like an ambulance to the hospital, to save the daughter of my ‘enemy’, while God’s words burned deeply in my heart.
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
As hypothetical as that scenario above is (no, it didn’t happen to me), I’m sure it resonates with a lot of us. But that’s exactly how God wants us to live. Taking revenge on people who mistreat us, cheat us or even wish us evil is the least reaction God wants us to have. Don’t tell me it’s not easy, we all know that. But you see that scripture above? Those are the words of Jesus, that’s our guide and what we should obey, irrespective of how difficult it is.
And the rewards afterwards? Amazing!
May God give us the grace to obey His word.
Sidenote: Read Luke 6:27-38 in The Message Translation
Written for Thypreciousjewels 2018