|photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures via Pixabay.com|
I went to the Lord. I refused to react. I chose not to respond. The devil, roaring like a lion seeking to devour me, wanted a foothold. Even a toehold would have sufficed. And all he had to do was get me to react. All he had to do was get me to pick up the phone, or sit down at the computer, and lash out at the person with whom I was angry. But at last I understand my battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). The devil is behind the person’s actions. And if I realized if I submit to God and resist the devil, and draw near to God so He draws near to me (James 4:7-8), I can walk away with a victory in the Lord instead of a defeat just like the devil so desperately desires.
The answer, when I submit to God, is simple. No, it is not easy. It is never easy when the flesh is screaming “take action, revenge!” to say NO to the flesh and to say YES to God. But that is exactly what I am called to do as a follower of Christ. My job? Simple. Love. Forgive. But how? Through Christ. In the strength of the Lord. And, when it is time for me to contact the person, instead of exacting revenge and creating hurt in response to the hurt done to me, I can show the person the love of Jesus Christ.
Then what about my heart? What about my hurt? The God of all comfort is the answer. I can take my bruised heart to the Lord for healing. And I can rest assured that by choosing His ways in response to someone else’s wrongdoing I can enjoy the peace of walking with the Lord the way He has called me. In love.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:25-26 KJV