Have been listening, learning, and applying righteousness in my life. Applying sounds like I’m operating with a Works mentality, but I just mean that I’m just trying to live in my identity of righteousness.
I received an email Thursday that I deemed somewhat inappropriate. Then, on Friday, I received another email that was totally inappropriate and extremely hurtful. I typed up a response to send back to this person, and then in the middle of the night, I hear don’t send it. Can I say that didn’t not sit with me very well. I wanted retaliation. I didn’t get it. I choose to obey what I heard.
Romans 12:19 (ESV) 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
One of the biggest things I have learned over the last 2 months is not to let outside circumstances dictate to who I am in my own identity. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several instances where I would normally get angry and upset, but I did not because of my identity in him. However, this time, I did get a little upset or a lot upset. I felt like my character was attacked. I felt like my ability was attacked. I just felt attacked by this person, and it hurt.
Is what that person said to me speak louder than what Jesus says about me?
If you are betrayed, hurt, or slandered, that’s one thing it’s another thing to act betrayed, hurt, or slandered.
It is obvious the person who wrote this email wrote out of his own woundedness and insecurity. This is where I have to show Mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 (ESV) 13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
This morning, going through the three screens of meditation, when I got to the third screen, Holy Spirit said, “Give Mercy because you are mercy.”
Hosea 6:6 (NKJV) 6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Choose life. Choose to forgive.
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