LOVE beyond the HURT
"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Ever been hurt? Ever felt anger towards someone that hurt you? Ever struggled with unforgiveness? Well this post might just help you.
The past couple of months, God has been dealing with me on relationships in different angles and perspectives. Lately, it just seemed like I am being challenged to do more than what I would usually do when faced with conflict with others, speaking in love, and dealing with hurt from others.
I had a conversation with my husband (I thank God for him EVERYDAY) this weekend and he said something so profound: "That person is still God's creation no matter how bad they may be. So He is the ONE that knows him or her better than we would. Be at PEACE with that and let HIM handle it."
Hmmmm, that pierced my heart deeply b/c I know that even the FATHER had been talking to me about this for a very very long time. So many times folks would hurt me deeply, yet He would INSTRUCT me to call them, love on them or sometimes even pray for them. Yes, I obeyed most of the time and sometimes got hurt some more which made me feel like boo boo... lol. (I'm sure we have all felt like that once in a while lol). I just NEVER understood why it kept happening or how to even deal with the HURT within. I would ask God, if it was okay to leave them be (not out of hate or anger but for my sanity) but I kept getting no. I found this unusual but I knew He was TEACHING me something. WE are all His CREATION created in HIS likeness. HE, being the CREATOR has our "OPERATION MANUALS" and knows how we all function. He ALONE has the ANSWER to it all. So I am learning to depend on Him for guidance in dealing with EVERY circumstance that I face, especially when it comes close friends/relations. No matter who that impossible person is (a co-worker, a sibling, a stranger, an unbeliever, a friend, etc), I have to ALWAYS see them through God's eyes. When it seems too unbearable, I turn to the Throne for more strength and keep pressing.
3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT SO FAR:
1. I have to play my part irrespective of what is done to me. - Romans 12:17-19
2. To be able to love the unlovable is the true DIVINE walk I have been called to. It does not have be reciprocated - Luke 6:31-33
3. If I can't love through the HURT, I have missed it. - 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
I don't know if anyone is going through a similar situation, but I just wanted to obey and use this platform to speak the TRUTH that God revealed to me. I pray it blesses and challenges you to live beyond your comfort zone and aim to endeavor to LOVE as CHRIST has truly called us to.
Ever experienced something similar before? I would love to hear your testimony. Remember, there is power in transparency and availability. Dare to be real. Dare to be invisible.
I love you and remain blessed.