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What if you considered the person who hasn’t stopped hurting you for as long as you can remember and responded differently? What if you turned your back on the world’s way to respond to somebody hurting you and chose to respond God’s way? You might just find a totally different outcome. Regardless of whether the person who hurt you ever hurts you again, can you imagine what it would be like to know you have pleased the Lord in your response?
What if in the midst of all the darkness in this world, you chose the next time somebody hurts you to walk as a child of light? What if your light so shone in the way you responded to someone hurting you that God’s name would be glorified? Can you imagine? Are you ready to try?
Here are 10 instructions on how to respond to somebody hurting you, courtesy of God.
4. do good
6. don’t open your mouth
7. don’t retaliate
8. don’t threaten
9. entrust yourself to God
10. be a peacemaker
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7 KJV
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23 NIV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 NIV
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:8 KJV
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 KJV
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