Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. When you seek God more when it comes to your relationships, you may also begin giving less of yourself to people addicted to gossip and slander because being in that space is not only not uplifting, but also doesn’t reflect Christ. If God is not present in the relationship you’re in, it may be time to reevaluate the relationship or at least change the way you interact with each other. As I said earlier, the beginning of change is calling a thing by its right name. 2. And when we finally get to the end of the movie, we cheer the hero’s revenge as we passionately feel the evil person deserves it. When we know that we are not our own, we also recognize that things will show up in our lives that are completely outside of our control. In ancient times, idols were made from wood, stone or metal. Resource Library Browse the Proverbs 31 archives for free content resources. That means you can have confidence in the absolute justice of God. Depending on what translation you read, the word “forgive” is mentioned at least 60 times in the Bible. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20). At the end of the day, what use is a god who was designed by you? How can any sin deserve everlasting destruction? The risen Christ was saying, “Saul, your real fight is not with Christians, or with churches. This is one of the hardest truths in the Bible. Forgiveness according to the Bible is not a suggestion, in fact it is a command that God gives... 2. The ultimate standard is set here. There are times when we will allow ourselves to endure unnecessary pain in relationships because we believe it’s our duty or because it brings us to a place of meekness that honors Christ. CBN.com--1. We can use David as an example in our own lives. On the cross, Christ was punished for our sins. This will happen when Jesus Christ is revealed. If you are serious about healing your spiritual abuse wounds, make an intentional choice to begin seeing Jesus whenever you think or talk about God. I have been studying this book all of my life, and this is the message that I find in it and that I want you to grasp. We don’t come to the Bible to evaluate it. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8, We are given two descriptions of this punishment…. So, what did he feel as he wrote this? Should we spend time with them? If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. When I tried to pray out loud for him, I heard myself praying, “Dear God, would you b-b-b-bl-bl-bl “He will punish those who… do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8. I know myself. You can leave it to Him. Instead of being consumed with the hurt, you focus on God, the One who can heal the hurt, and give you the power to respond in a radically new way. How is that possible?”. How do you restrain the desire to even the score? Every Christian is a recipient of the mercy of God—a full and free forgiveness, gained by Christ's undergoing the punishment for our sins, in our place, on Calvary's cross. But keep reading the Bible, even if for just a few minutes each day. God knows all things. Answer: Everlasting destruction. The closer you become with the Scripture, the more God will speak to you about the relationships you’re in. This is the Gospel by which we are saved and by which all who come to the Lord will be saved. But if we did that then we would only hear a reflection of our own preferences. Suppose during the detention, this boy punches the teacher. Once you understand what happened on the cross, you will say, “I must respond to this good news today!”  What does it mean to obey the Gospel? (3) God intends to use mistreatments for our good. It has to be, about Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave Himself for me. The Best Ways to Deal with People Who Hurt You Confronting someone who has hurt you can be a difficult and daunting task. But idols in our times are more sophisticated. “[God] commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30, Here is where that begins: My life can no longer be about me. God does not have to remove your hurt to show you strong he is. No one intimidates Him. These may be family members, friends, coworkers, even a friend from church. He may be calling you to realign some relationships. If you grasp this most difficult of doctrines, and place yourself under this truth, God will use it to soften your heart today. What happens when the person who hurt us is a close family member or friend? As believers, we can choose whether we will hold grudges or practice grace, but if we are truly following Him, the choice has already been made. You trust Christ because He is altogether worthy of your trust. What if God is love, and you are running from Him? You could spend your whole life shaping a god to your own liking—a god who loves what you love, a god who says what you want to hear and a god who calls you to live as you are already living. This truth is meant to help someone who’s been wronged, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Thank you for your generous support during our year-end campaign! “Salvation is not only a gift, but a vocation; we enter into it as we obey the voice of Jesus, ‘Follow Me.’” [3]. Saul the persecutor became Paul the Apostle. It is good news, not only for all of us here today, but for every person in this community. We want to listen to the Bible in such a way that our thinking, feeling, choosing, believing and behaving are shaped by the Word of God. Vengeance is God’s Business. Love her? The obvious question for people who are experiencing this kind of thing is, “Where is God in all this? You can read the quote (and this entire commentary) online: http://www.studylight.org/com/mhc-com/view.cgi?book=2th&chapter=001, [2] James Denney, “The Epistles to the Thessalonians,” p. 300, General Books, LLC, 2010, http://www.amazon.com/Epistles-Thessalonians-James-Denney/dp/0217799124/, "This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates. The Bible tells us not to get even with or to attack the person or... 3. Jesus said, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). That’s why so many people have come to see Christianity as a projection of human thought. What happens? How can His hell on the cross remove our everlasting destruction?”  The weight of our sin is measured by the One we offended. This violent man was transformed. “They will be punished with everlasting destruction” (1:9). You don’t need to take it into your hands when you know it is in His. He was shut out from the presence of God. Breathing fire and slaughter, he was on his way to Damascus on a campaign of violence. 4 Steps to Dealing with Those Who Hurt You 1. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7), When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, “This is a strange message for a weekend when we are welcoming large numbers of first- time visitors at the public launch of a new campus.”  You may have wondered, “Is he really going to speak on these verses from the Bible?”, I have to tell you, I had the same question. The student gets suspended from school. What’s so great about these prayers is that they focus your attention on God. The conflict that’s going on in your soul is a fight against Me!”. The temptation will be to avoid God’s word. Again, the teaching we are considering today helps. Many times we are not in a place to force the other person to stop their hurtful behavior. God calls us to forgive. Author Unknown Short Quotes; Never hold onto a hurt, because resentment tears you up. “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord” (1:9). But how does God want us to respond to people who hurt us? When you think about everlasting destruction, and what it would mean to be shut out of the presence of the Lord forever… you would not wish that on your worst enemy. Jesus Christ came into the world because there is a future catastrophe that you need saving from. What if He sees a future disaster that is hidden from you, and He is reaching out to save you from it? I deserve this judgment, but God has shown me mercy. Paul went to Macedonia saying, “God had called us to preach the gospel (in Macedonia).” (Act 16:10) Pray, pray, pray about your relationships! They are not metal, they are mental. In these circumstances where you begin to limit the influence of the person that’s hurting you, it doesn’t mean that you will no longer love, forgive or pray for that person. Christ stopped him in his tracks with a blinding light and an audible voice, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me!” (Acts 9:4). It is on this foundation that God says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. “This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates, Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical…, Staying the Course (When You're Tired of the Battle). Begin thinking about God as Jesus. This is the Son of God! Here are 3 Reasons You Should Let God Deal With Your Enemies: 1. The student is given a detention. If Christianity was only a power play by the church, then they would be right to reject it. It’s important that we apply godly wisdom to all relationships we’re in. A god who is shaped by you will die with you. Just as a god who is shaped by me will die with me. We will never sell or misuse your information. If someone were to ask you to make a list of all of the people that hurt you, you can probably write out a number of people who have caused you pain. Matthew 5:11-21 "People will insult you and hurt you. We saw last week that this letter was written to encourage Christians who were being persecuted (1:4). This doctrine helps. Your past patterns of dealing with being hurt are not those you want to continue. Were you hurt because your sin was exposed? We are ready to make an impact in 2021! Verse (Click for Chapter) New International Version. He can show you how strong he is even while you are going thru your hurt. Repentance is a decisive turning from all that God calls sin to offer myself to Christ. Take your eyes off of the hurt and the person, put your gaze on Christ. Subscribe to become a Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast Insider and get access to bonus content, journal prompts and more! We can do something different because it is special, or we can do what we normally do and say, “This is who we are.”. Nothing is hidden from Him. When people hurt you, sometimes it’s easier to just walk away and don’t look back. Perhaps, he’s called you to wait on him. Where do you begin in loving your enemies? When you can pray that prayer ~ and mean it with all your heart ~ then you will know you have forgiven him.” I thought that would be easy, but when I came to do it, I did not want God to bless that man! To be shut out from God’s presence and from His power means to be without hope and without love forever. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44, Anyone who has suffered at the hands of another person, as we all have in some way, will hear this and say, “Love him? If the person who harmed you was to see what they did and truly to repent, you might find it in your heart to forgive them. But God says to let Him take care of it. Sometimes we don’t want to work things out and be like Jesus and forgive. Here are some prayer points that may help you deal with hurt with wisdom and grace: Pray for God to search your wounded heart ( Psalm 139:23 ). (Romans 12:19) When we have been hurt by someone, we naturally want to hurt them back. But here is something I’ve discovered—the hardest truths can produce the most tender hearts. He died as a sacrifice, and in the great love and mercy of God, our sins were laid on Him. “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man…” (1 Timothy 1:12). While God instructs us to take up our cross and follow Christ, it’s important to discern what God is really telling us through the pain we’re experiencing. since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, Berean Study Bible. And the mercy of God has transformed my life! But when they do, you will be happy. Pray that God will bless this person. Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits Blessed; Hurting back the people who hurt you, makes you just like them. Love one another…” (John 13:34-35, 15:12) Then he … Suppose a middle school student punches another student in class. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. Saul of Tarsus was the terror of the early church. If you are around people for very long, you will end up hurt by someone. Think about the man writing these words. Disobey the Gospel and you enter into darkness in which there is no light… A night in which no morning dawns” [2]. New Living Translation. We also rarely have the power to change them, but we do have the power to change our response to the person. God never acts out of vindictiveness. This is a powerful response in such a difficult time. Just as a god who is shaped by me will die with me. I’ve chosen the latter. English Standard Version. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.” – Shannon Alder. “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”. In his justice he will pay back those who persecute you. Then you will see the full measure of My love.”  So, use this to sustain your faith in a suffering world. 5. We know from Scripture that we are not our own, so regardless of how much we might love someone, including those who have hurt us, we must shift our interaction with them because our Lord tells us to. Luke 6:27-36 speaks to this issue in great detail. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. The justice of God will often not be obvious in this world. People who do good often suffer and people who do evil often prosper. God is available, able, active in all of our hurt. Posted Jul 02, 2012 Mary left it in the hands of Christ. If you are having a bad day, make someone else's day. Listen . Our sin offends almighty God, but in Christ He had mercy upon us. Suppose on the way home, the same boy punches a policeman on the nose. Perhaps, he’s called you to stay put in a place you don’t want to. But such a god is only a projection of you. It just means that you no longer allow them to take up so much space in your life. Maybe there are some people in the church you have hurt, and you need to get it cleared up. God is with us even in our darkest hour. Talk to God about every relationship you invest time in. 33. I had to do this. Such a god cannot help you, because he or she has no existence apart from you. They brought you down, and you find a certain pleasure in bringing them down. In the process of working through my heart issues, I prayed hard and asked God to give me the opportunity to ask for forgiveness to those who I’ve hurt. When you are addressing the hurts committed against you, it also might be a good time to address those that you have hurt. Forgiveness is that important to God that He is willing to hold back His hand if we choose to not forgive those who have wronged us. Where possible, you should look for opportunities to bless and assist those who wrong you. During his three years of ministry Jesus did so much good—healing the sick, feeding the hungry, proclaiming the greatest teaching that this world has ever heard. Perhaps, he’s called you to serve in a difficult spot. 3 Ways to Bless Those Who Have Hurt Us 1. When David was fleeing for his life because his son Absalom was leading a rebellion, a man named Shimei came out and cursed David and threw stones at him. I can’t change.”. Isaiah says, “The punishment that brought us peace was on Him” (53:5). When someone hurts you, your immediate and natural instinct will be to want to hurt them back. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:18-20). God enters in, stays with us, and make a way in our hurt. If you do not believe this, you will always be trying to even the score. Beliefnet is a lifestyle website providing feature editorial content around the topics of inspiration, spirituality, health, wellness, love and family, news and entertainment. Think now of the person who hurt you. David protects himself from sinning by trusting God and assuming that God’s plan is beyond his understanding. That is what He is saying to us through His words to us today. This can be tough, so God provides some balance with verses like 2 Corinthians 12:10 which says, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distressed, with persecutions, with difficulties for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”. The justice of God is a central truth in the Bible. And they have rejected Christianity for this very reason. Pray that God will help you to see the good things He wants you to do for this person. Dear friends, never take revenge. A particular group of people are picked on and attacked viciously and repeatedly. And what if God always will be, despite us? Perhaps, he’s called you to love a difficult person. As the President passes by, the boy lunges forward to punch the President. Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. What could He accomplish by dying that He could not accomplish by living? I am not whoever you want me to be.”  He speaks to us in this book so that you may find Him and know Him and enjoy Him forever. You may have wondered, “How can one man bear the sins of many? But God is just, and even though His justice may be hidden now, it will become obvious when Jesus Christ is revealed (1:8). God’s instructions are detailed. There’s a real relationship here in which you trust that He is the Son of God. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Psalm 31:2 "Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which you have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! Maybe you have been saying to yourself “I’ll think about Christianity some day.”  Think about it today. Read. What He suffered on the cross is able to atone for all our sins forever. I use the word surrender because it best describes our act of handing over to God something that truly belongs to Him—the right to hurt back. In every case the crime is precisely the same, but the severity of the crime is measured by the one against whom it is committed. Our best relationships are the ones that have Jesus at the center of them. Pray before you go to visit/chat with a friend, pray during your visit and pray afterward. King David demonstrates this many times in the Psalms he wrote, speaking of the betrayal of friends and enemies – calling on God to punish them. A faithful partner can help you deal with the issue! We have a direct PROMISE from God that He WILL AVENGE US of those who have hurt and wronged us. God says He will handle them on your behalf. That’s why Jesus commanded his leaders, “Love one another…. Whether we realize it or not, all of us at times are on both sides of that. [He will repay those who persecute the church,] with an everlasting destruction…”  2 Thessalonians 1:6,9. What comes from sinning against God? That’s why He cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)  Christ endured everything that hell is on the cross. Such a god cannot help you, because he or she has no existence apart from you. “It is to always be dying and never to die.” [1] You may say, “Wait a minute. But I am not helped by people who only say what I want to hear. You will be amazed at the way compassion sneaks in the back door of your heart. He finds himself in jail. Just as God extended mercy and compassion to His rebellious people—you are expected to extend kindness, mercy, and compassion to those who hurt you. We can turn to the Bible for answers to this question. I am helped by people who “tell it like it is.”  I am helped by those who are willing to confront what I may be hiding from without even knowing it. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth." How are we supposed to stand up under it?”  This is the kind of thing the people in Thessalonica were experiencing and this letter was written to give the answer. This is the Gospel that we believe and that we proclaim. One of the best things we can do for those who hurt us is pray for them. The Bible has a word for our own ideas about God—it is “idolatry.”  In ancient times, idols were made from wood, stone or metal. That is why we use the discipline of working through a book of the Bible, so that we can listen to what God is saying, without us deciding what the topic will be. Bearing our sins means that Jesus bore our punishment for sin. To God's people, I say in the strongest possible terms: Beware of those who make light of sin, who trivialize holiness, who throw a wet blanket on the fires of conviction, who minimize repentance, and who brand others "legalistic" and "religious" because of their devotion to the Lord. But what if God was, before us? Here is what the Scripture says: God is just. Daily Devotions Daily, biblical encouragement to help you filter everyday life through the truth of God’s Word. It would be very easy to come to the Bible, picking the bits that we like, and ignoring anything that makes us feel uncomfortable. What happens? Turn to Him in repentance, believe in His Son Jesus Christ, and follow Him. Eternity hangs on this. Some people may try to tough it out and will pretend the words or actions of others don’t effect them, but the truth of the matter is… sometimes they do! The more we are centered on God’s truth spoken in love (Ephesians 4:1–16), the more we will grow up into maturity and the more resources we’ll have at our disposal to heal from hurt ourselves and to avoid hurting one another. What happens? That person may not deserve your forgiveness, but we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness. You have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. What happens? When you obey Jesus and respond to your enemies with love, prayer, forgiveness and blessing, you take yourself out of satan’s line of fire and make room for God to handle justice as only He can. Please open your Bible at 2 Thessalonians. You may not want to forgive, but God commands us to forgive. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. God will deal with this. Sign up for Beliefnet's Your Health and Happiness newsletter. People did t... Read verse in New Century Version Just think what He could have done in thirty years! That means your gifts, talents, time, money, the strength of your body and the affections of your heart. You may say, “How do I do that? What if God is abundantly good, and we are part of a world in rebellion against Him? You trust His death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, and you trust His resurrection power, that it is sufficient for everything you face in life and death. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. Bitterness cannot survive for long when you begin to pray. He did so much good in three years of ministry. God says, “I am who I am. 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