Entry #036 Praying to not live life Offended
We are often disillusioned by the fact that after becoming believers we still experience lost, pain, rejection, and mistreatment. We somehow think that God should shield us from any adverse situation, and protect us from all emotional wounds since we are His beloved children. Satan will try to convince us that God doesn’t really love us if He allows life to hurt us. He will tell us that God cannot be good if He lets bad things happen to good people. But God never promised us a flowery bed of ease. It rains on the just and the unjust alike. In fact becoming a believer means that we are now targeted by Satan with adversity to discourage us. When we become a child of God, we may lose friends, family members, or loved ones who refuse to embrace our new lifestyle. We may even be criticized or ostracized by people we love and admire because of our faith. Jesus told us that to be His follower we have to first take up our own cross. We have to accept the fact that on this earth, no matter what we do, there are going to be people that hate us.They are plotting our demise religiously without provocation. The best we can do is do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. We cannot please everyone all of the time, and everyone certainly cannot always please us. The main goal should be to please God. In the midst of our lost, pain, rejection and mistreatment, God is still good, and He continually loves us. We cannot do much about how people chose to treat us; we can only control how we respond to it. Just because people offend us, we don’t have to live offended. We can allow ourselves to feel the hurt from the offense, give ourselves a brief time to grieve, and then let it go. In that grieving and letting go process, we can take that hurt to God in prayer and allow Him to heal our broken heart and wounded soul. Then we have to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit who will teaching us how to daily recover, and how to move on from the offense. Finally, we have to make the decision to forgive and not wallow in the pain of the situation, but learn from it. The bible tells us to guard our hearts; that is our responsible, not God’s. When we are selective about what gets inside of us, it is easier to ward off offenses instead of constantly recovering from them. We can chose to believe that God has a good plan for us, and that He will make all things, good and bad, work out for our good. Therefore we can abide in peace, instead of living offended.