So, what happens when you have diligently been turning the other cheek and have applied all the points in the previous blog two or three times and someone still insist on opposing you? Do you let them continue antagonising you and those related to you?
Yes, the Lord may ask you to let them slap you over and over – especially if they have the name “Spouse.” They may bear the name “Boss,” “Government,” “Child,” etc., but the key to remember is that love conquers all.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Mat 18:21-22)
This is a hard pill to swallow, especially if you are hurting, and can really rub you up the wrong way. Just remember, you are in spiritual martial arts classes. When you find it difficult close your eyes and think about how many times the Lord has turned the other cheek and been merciful to you. How many times have you been angry with the Lord, or turned your back on Him when He asked you to do something you did not like, or He did not do something you expected Him to do?
Everything you do has a consequence. For every action there is a reaction. For every word sown there is a harvest, whether you like it or not. The most important thing in your life at the time of conflict is not what someone is doing to you but HOW YOU REACT. Your reaction is also an action, and your action is going to produce a future blessing or a future curse. Not only that, your words and actions have an eternal consequence in that heaven is taking notes and one day you will receive your reward – gold, silver, precious stones or wood, straw, and stubble.
When you are in the middle of conflict you are in the “fire.” This fire is testing you and God is looking to see what kind of stuff you are made off. It is a good time to examine yourself to see what kind of “stuff” you are made off. Do you reflect His glory, His nature, and His character, or do you reflect your own glory, your own wants, and ways? Are you forgiving, or are you holding a grudge?
Now, when you are in the fire shut up, back off and remember all the points in the previous blog. Keep practicing your spiritual martial arts!
Be strong, be courageous, be forgiving.
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