No long ago while visiting with one of my closest friends we had a chance to talk about the many wonderful things that have taken place in each of our lives as well as past hurts and frustrations. We've known each other for decades now and the longer we chatted I could tell that she had been deeply wounded by the words and actions by someone she once greatly admired.
It was obvious to me her heart was hurting.
It wasn't difficult to envision my longtime friend and her sufferings. I could see her in my mind as she worked her way through challenging days that oftentimes left her ripped up and torn down. Perhaps the words and actions of her offender were intended to hurt and destroy her. Then again, maybe not; but that didn't matter.
Not to her anyway.
My friend's wounds were deep and the pass of the bully-knife had cut deep into her bones. To the naked eye they weren't easily seen as most of her injuries were internal. Her feelings were bruised. Her emotions were shattered. Her heart was broken. She felt frustrated and alone and even though I could fully relate to many of the things she had openly shared, I felt completely incapable of helping her.
I was without words.
I only promised I would pray.
This past week was draining on my hubby and I and our days were complicated. Finding even a few minutes to steal myself away for some quite time wasn't easy to do. But, early this morning I was led to a scripture that once again returned my thoughts to my longtime friend...
"When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate...instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly."
(1st Peter 2:23 NIV)
I suppose it's human nature to want to get even with those whose goal in life is to harm another human being.
Is it any wonder why we need a Savior?
I'm reminded that unless I present myself wholly repentant before the Father, allowing the cleansing water of His forgiveness to wash over me completely, I will ultimately walk away with dirty hands...
I encourage you today, no matter what it is you are experiencing, to leave the judging to God. Not only did Jesus avoid seeking revenge, he didn't even ask for an apology. Unbelievably, he chose to defend his offenders. The balm of his healing love was enough.
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
(Luke 23:34 NIV)
Blessings to you this beautiful Sunday morning. May your day be filled with peace, love and hope from the Most High~
(PS: The pictures of all the churches were taken while in Nebraska last week. The one at the top is my favorite. The second one is the church my hubby and I attended right after we married in 1978. They are ALL so beautiful and truly depict a sweeter time in the world...)
Love to you...