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How do you Handle Attack?

No doubt when human beings interact with each other, at some point someone may attack you verbally. Personally, I avoid conflict because I was not raised in a home full of conflict. Growing up in my family there was a lot of acceptance and grace. I never received verbal attacks from my parents, so that isn’t really woven into the fabric of my being. Some of my friends in the body of Christ were not so fortunate.

What does the scripture say we should do when we are verbally attacked? Let’s take a look.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.

Matthew 5:38-40

What I see in this scripture is that even if someone comes against me with scripture, I am to return grace to the person. This is hard to do because I feel I need to vindicate myself, and yet, I can’t!! Only God can do that. Good-meaning Christians may come at you with what you need to do to make them feel better. Yet, the real key is what does God want you to do?

When you feel attacked, especially by someone in the body of Christ, stop, pray and return grace.

Jesus, Our Faithful Friend

Recently I felt betrayed by a friend. While I forgive the person for what happened, the sting of disloyalty of a friend still hurt. As I was praying through this, God directed me to read the book of Job.

My bible gives a short summary of the book of Job: “Job begins with the undeserved suffering of the patriarch Job and reflects on the meaning of suffering and God’s relationship to one who suffers unjustly.” This reminded me that the human condition among people is that we will hurt each other inadvertently or on purpose, because we are just that, human. In that state, we need to cry out to God for comfort from the pain. That works for my head, but it didn’t take care of my heart.

Though God allowed satan to come against Job, it was because God wanted to prove Job’s faithfulness to Him. Who is our most faithful friend? It is our precious savior Jesus! He can always teach us through times of pain and heal our hearts. And, Job’s story does have a glorious ending!

As I was reading Job, I thought of how grateful I am for two very dear friends who have always stood by me and shown grace in some of the toughest times I have experienced. Never have they gone and talked behind my back about the situation I was in. They represent Jesus on the earth. They embody our most faithful friend Jesus.

If you feel hurt by someone, reach out to Jesus, find gratefulness for those dear friends who stand by you and demonstrate His love and grace.

 

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

The apostle Paul gives this admonition to the Philippians from his prison cell. He does not say to rejoice when you feel like it. He says always! And, we are to rejoice in the Lord, not in our circumstances, our bank account or how rosy things look. Rejoicing is about joy in the depth of your heart in spite of what is going on around you. The key is to find His joy in all things.

You may feel like you are in a prison of your own right now. Even though you don’t wake up to bars looming at the end of your cell bed, you may have a prison inside. Maybe you have a deep personal wound from a parent, or a friend has betrayed your trust, perhaps a sibling has shown disrespect. You could be running from God, looking for freedom and security in the things of earth. These are not fun situations to deal with, yet God is bigger. Seek Him, thank Him, find joy in every situation.

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