The last two weeks of April have been tough for me. I would not go into details but I admit that it was stressful for me to have been faced with difficult people. It’s because I am still in my sinful human nature.
It was easy for me to cringe in bitterness since people can sometimes be unfair but God is never unfair! He is just. I grieved and kept on even if it is hard to focus on the tremendous intangible blessings my family has. Because of the mentioned situation I was in, I got so burdened for days because the Adversary, the devil has been tempting me to replay in my mind how I was wronged. I lost my joy.
I told my husband about it and he lovingly counseled me to pray for the people concerned and by faith, let God do His work.
Let me mention that I praise the Lord for giving me such a godly husband who always prays for me to continue growing in faith. This morning after my prayer time with him, I took sometime to meditate upon God’s Word by myself. Then God gave me a very powerful message which I cannot resist to share with you! Here it is.
“Forget and Forgive
“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and He shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22)
Be not in haste. Let anger cool down. Say nothing and do nothing to avenge yourself. You will be sure to act unwisely if you take up the cudgels and fight your own battles; and, certainly, you will not show the spirit of the LORD Jesus, It is nobler to forgive and let the offense pass. To let an injury rankle in your bosom and to meditate revenge is to keep old wounds open and to make new ones. Better forget and forgive.
Peradventure, you say that you must do something or be a great loser; then do what this morning’s promise advises: “Wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.” This advice will not cost you money but is worth far more, Be calm and quiet. Wait upon the LORD; tell Him your grievance; spread Rabshakeh’s letter before the LORD, and this of itself will be an ease to your burdened mind. Besides, there is the promise “He shall save thee.” God will find a way of deliverance for you. How He will do it neither you nor I can guess, but do it He will, If the LORD saves you, this will be a deal better than getting into petty quarrels and covering yourself with filth by wrestling with the unclean, Be no more angry. Leave your suit with the Judge of all. -Charles H. Spurgeon [emphasis mine]“
This is such a very freeing message! Don’t you think so dear friend? Have you, like me, been burdened because you want to defend yourself for something you think is unfair? I fully understand that it’s tough. It steals our joy!
Grudge against other people can make us shrink spiritually but God does not want us to stay this way! He wants our freedom. He wants our faith in His sovereignty! Let’s take the challenge from C.H. Spurgeon.
I believe that this message is an answer to one of my husband’s prayers for me. It is my prayer that this message will also be an answer to one of your prayers if you have been struggling to forgive some people you encounter in your life. Here’s a question now after you read this. Why is forgiving and forgetting the best choice when faced with difficult people? Definitely! He wants our faith in His sovereignty. Let us wait and see how He will deliver and vindicate us!