“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. (Matthew 5:11)
Has anyone ever treated you badly, been cruel to you, or treated you unfairly? If so, then here are some suggestions of how you might respond:
1) Turn to God: Take a moment to be silent. Ask Him to help you. Share how you feel with Him. Let Him quiet your heart, and reassure you of His presence. After a few moments, ask God what He wants you to do. Once you hear His voice, then follow His instructions. A child of God always turns to His loving Father for help.
2) Choose to forgive: God has forgiven you of all of your sin through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, you are called to forgive others, just as God has forgiven you. So, be willing to receive God’s mercy and grace for yourself, and then be ready to dispense it to others, as He directs you.
3) Respond differently: The Holy Spirit can show you how to love when you are hated, reveal joy instead of misery, peace to calm your troubled heart, patience when things are overwhelming, kindness to disperse anger, goodness when you feel bad, faithfulness to remain true, gentleness to soothe your soul, and self-control when maturity is necessary.
4) Express yourself in a safe environment: Connect with a trusted friend, spouse, or counselor to talk about what has happened to you. Find someone who will listen to you, pray for you, and offer their guidance as you need it. Follow-up with this person afterwards, so that they know how your are doing.
5) Receive ministry: Ask God to minister into the soul of your being. Let Him heal your heart, give you His peace, and speak kindly to you. Seek His comfort, strength, reassurance, or whatever else you need from Him. He is waiting to meet with you, and to spend time with you, because He loves you very much.
I pray for those who have been mistreated. You know how they feel, and what they have been through. Help them to process their thoughts, seek you directly, and to follow your direction. No weapon formed against them will prosper, and you will cause everything to work together for their good and for your glory.
Thank you for hearing their prayers, and acting on their behalf. Amen.