"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing cuts deeper than harsh words from someone you care about. At some point, every Christian will experience some injustice. Even if it’s as simple as someone spreading false information about you, Satan will find a way to violate your internal justice system.
You’re not alone!
However, we must guard our hearts against bitterness. Offense is an excellent tool for the Enemy to divide the body of Christ and pull us limb from limb. However, God has commanded us to rejoice in all circumstances and to give thanks in the face of trials. In a situation where we are offended, God will provide us with the grace to express Him through it.
If we make the situation about ourselves, we can’t be an effective channel of God’s love for the offender.
Jesus went to the cross broken in body and spirit, but his last thoughts were for us. As we suffer for Christ, we start to look more like Him.
LORD, you are love. Thank you for the blood you poured out on the cross so that I could be free of sin. Thank you for making me into a pure vessel of your love for others. Please help me not to make suffering about me. Let my first thoughts be for you in times of trouble, and help me to remember that fellowship with you is the greatest reward.