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What I Have Noticed ch. 7: How We Respond to Others

April 30, 2020, 7:31 PM

With so much divisiveness, anger, and hatred in the way the world responds to each other, let us be different.


Have you ever had someone hurt you?  

I mean anything from, just making fun of you, to betraying you, or just doing you dirty.  


Everyday people experience hurt such as:  the betrayal of a friend, a cheating spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend, they get cut from a team, or fired from a job.


Perhaps it is just so called friends, who are constantly trying to make themselves look better, seem bigger, or be funny, by belittling or embarrassing you.  

The ones that are closest to us are often the ones that can cut the deepest with their words or actions.  


When that happens to you, how do you respond?


Is your typical response to lash out, strike back, or get even?  

Do you want to hurt them back, take them to court, or secretly hope that they, “get what’s coming to them?”


Do you become consumed with finding a way to get revenge for how they have wronged you?


What I have noticed is that many people respond in that very way.  

Furthermore, I have noticed at times I respond that way.  


But what I have noticed, is that when I read my Bible, is that this not the way Jesus responded or wants us to respond.


Luke 6:27-28


“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”


The prevailing philosophy in the world today is that you have hit them back and make them pay for how they have wronged or hurt you.


But that philosophy is just is of the world.  It is not the Godly response.  


I Peter 1:15 says this:


“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.”


When Peter wrote these verses some 2,000 years ago, he was a Christian living in a Roman ruled world.  Christians in that day certainly knew hurt, persecution, and the wrath and ridicule of the unbelieving world.  


They were often accused of things that were not true and belittled and persecuted for things that they believed.  


The human nature of those people in that day was no different than it is today:  Human nature wanted to get even, and get them back for the pain they caused.


We are to be holy in all of our conduct.  

We are to be holy because God is holy, and we are to reflect Him


The word “holy” in this case as it relates to us, does not mean perfect, but rather, distinct, different, separate, and out of the ordinary. 


In other words we are to respond as Christ and Paul  responded and how God would have us  respond today.  


When hurts come, and they will come, we are to respond with love, grace, humility, and forgiveness.  


We are to respond this way because this is how God has responded to us, and we are to reflect that to others as God’s witnesses.  


So how do you respond?

May the better question is:  if you have noticed what I have noticed

How will you respond?  


Will you allow the character of God and grace of God flow through you as you face a world in need?

I hope that you have noticed what I have noticed.


Until next time:  

I hope you remember that I love you, more importantly Jesus loves you.  

Keep your eyes on him.