I’m a hot-headed, Brooklyn raised, Puerto Rican. I grew up around sayings like, “Que nadie se ponga, conmigo” (Nobody, better mess or start with me!) and “God, don’t like ugly!”
I spent many years living by those sayings and others that I don’t find appropriate for this PG blog. Point being, you mess with me or mines, I’m gonna handle it! I’m sure you all can relate.
We see ugliness all day long! Has your child or loved one ever been bullied? Treated unfairly? Alienated? Some situations we can help and others, well others depend on the people or persons creating the circumstance. Most of the time it’s the latter. And we know that the actions of others don’t align with the Word of God, so we try to justify our wrath by that. I know I have!
At the cost of what, though? Greater division? Discord? Bitterness? We’re warring against each other and for what? So the enemy can be entertained by the hate tainted words and the grudge that threatens to shut the Ears of Heaven to our prayers?
Do we think the attitude of, “Oh well, I’m going to Heaven and you’re not!,” reflect Jesus? Instead He teaches us to love one another including our enemies.
“But to you who are listening I say: 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)
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:35-36)
Let us sow peace that we may reap unity. Let us so sow forgiveness that we may glorify Him and reap love. And when we’re just too upset and blinded by anger or pain to see that God is in it and in control-through stinging tears and clenched teeth we obey. We pray. We bless.
Don’t let that sun go down before it…
Then find rest in the knowledge that no matter how ugly the situation or circumstance looks or is-God can handle it! It’s what He does! His love changes everything!
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20)
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)