Don’t Say It
By Brad Henry
Have you ever tried to do the right things but got blind-sided from someone else’s agenda? Have you ever put your heart and soul into a project only for someone else to step in and take the credit? Have you ever been unjustly accused? If so, you are in good company.
"When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly." 1 Peter 2:23 NIV
Jesus could have stopped all the insults, pain, and suffering with one call to his angels who would have wiped out everything and everyone. But if He had done that, we would have lost the chance to be saved. Jesus took the punishment (that we deserved) in order to sacrifice Himself so we could be saved with those who believe in Him.
If we were to go toe-to-toe with people who hurl insults and mock our integrity, we would lose a chance to minister to them. Usually these people are in the dark and don't know the Lord. Our sole purpose here on earth is not to get more money in our bank account and build our careers to great heights. Our mission, once we are saved, is to be a light to others.
If you have been in the work force for awhile, you know by now that it isn’t us who builds our success. God either has His hand on it and it grows or He takes it off for a time and it falters. Do not let your pride let you think that you are the one who built a successful anything. Then when insults come, we won’t hurl any back.
"Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly".
Let’s pray that we would have the faith to not strike back; to know that God will use us in a mighty way when we don't let our pride ruin our testimony. This is what Jesus would do. He would pray for those who persecute him. There are many in this world who have no clue of eternity and Jesus.
Wouldn't it be a shame if we let our pride get in the way of helping others come to know the Lord? In the whole scheme of things we are just as bad as everyone else; so don't judge others or think of ways to get back at someone. If you are saved, you didn't deserve it and you can't earn it; but God saw fit to save you. That’s God's grace.
That alone should be enough.
The next time things seem out of control - Pray
The next time people hurl insults at you- Pray for them
The next time pride rears its ugly head - Pray for calmness of spirit
The next time you think everyone is against you - Think of the cross
Have a great day and don't worry, Jesus knows what is going on and will always right injustice. Check your pride at the Cross.
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Brad Henry was 13 when he witnessed his dad die of a heart attack. It would be over 25 years before Brad came back to church. After 25 years Brad could see that he had left God, but God had never left that little boy. Now the Lord gives Brad the gift to write. “I know it has to be God writing them because I am ADD and Dyslexic”. Brad lives with his wife Julie and two sons, Bryce and Chase, in Huntersville, NC. You can read more of Brad’s Devotions at The Ultimate Decision.
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