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Overcoming Unjust Treatment With God’s Grace

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By Cheryl Zelenka

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness spring up to trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV)

Dear One,

Have you ever been wounded by someone you never imaged would leave your side?  I have, and was greatly affected by the shock and pain. It started to affect my spiritual walk and hinder my growth in Christ.

Abandoned in a time of greatest need,  I struggled with a lot of anger over the rejection. Her words and actions caused great pain. Of course there are always two sides to a story and I am not without guilt, but her words were digging a hole of bitterness in my heart that needed to be uprooted.

Growing in faith requires a dependence on God. I had to throw all the unfair treatment I  endured to Him. I CHOSE to let it go.  He knows all the details of my betrayal and the unfair/unkind/unjust treatments. My decision to let go of the hateful words sent my way was an act of obedience and faith. I needed to trust in His power to right wrongs and heal broken hearts. He is my Redeemer and has used this sorrow to refine my ability to love unconditionally. Fruit has come from this lesson in suffering.

Christ Jesus died on the cross for ALL His children. This means I need to allow Him time to work in the heart of the one who grieved me. The Word of God tells us to love our enemies. Not that this family member of mine is an enemy, but when we are wounded it can FEEL like a friend or family member has become an enemy.

If you have been hurt, abandoned, or betrayed by one you dearly love, know that God is honoring you. He has granted you the privilege of sharing in the sufferings He endured by  facing the cross for our sakes. Don’t let unforgiveness or bitterness take root. If it stays too long in your heart, it will affect your walk with Christ and your ability to serve others.

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Overcoming Unfair Treatment

The LORD is righteous within her;
He will do no injustice.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He does not fail.
But the unjust knows no shame.
—Zephaniah 3:5

Dear Lord,

We want You to find a yielded and quiet spirit within us. To make that happen, we need You to come in like a flood. Occupy us like water filling empty spaces. Occupy reserved portions of our lives where anger is festering and the secret places where grudges are being stored. Sweep through the houses of our hearts . . . don’t miss one room or a single area—cleanse every dark closet, look under every rug. Let nothing go unnoticed as You take full control of our motives as well as our actions. Deep within our hearts, sweep us clean of blame and revenge, of self-pity and keeping score. Enable each one of us to be big enough to press on, regardless what unfair treatment we’ve had to endure. Take away the scars of ugly treatment and harsh words. Keep us from licking our wounds. Forgiveness comes hard . . . but it’s essential. Help us forgive, even those who never acknowledge their wrongdoing toward us. Give us peace over turmoil, and erase the memories that keep us offended. We need fresh hope to go on! We ask this in the name of Him who had no sin and did no wrong but died, the just for the unjust: Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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See also Leviticus 19:15; Romans 12:19; Colossians 4:1; 1 Peter 2:20–24.

Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.

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10 comments

  1. Sometimes, though, it is your duty to teach ungrateful people a lesson.

    • Hello Wulferano,
      It is my belief that it is our duty to share the love of God with everyone, letting HIM teach the lessons.

      • Dear Cheryl. It’s Wulfrano not Wulferano. I guess you have a wonderful relationship with everybody. Congratulations. As for myself, I have to deal with halfwits that must be corrected. It is my duty to do so. Otherwise they will continue to be halfwits all their life.

        • Wulfrano,
          I apologize I did not spell your unique name correctly.

        • Wulfrano,

          Thank you for reminding me of the parable of the Pharisees and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). May God bless you richly.

          • Dear Wulfrano,
            I pray God softens your heart. I am not your enemy. I believe in a healing God, for He has brought me through much pain,suffering, and near death. You can read my testimony on http://facingtrials.com Be careful when you judge, for when you point your index finger…. there are three fingers pointing back at you. Remove any plank in your eye before you set out judging the world.

          • Sandra,
            Thank you for this Scripture. We all need to be reminded to walk in humility and let that it is God’s place to be the judge.

            • Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke, XVIII, 9-14. “And to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others, he spoke also this parable: [10] Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [11] The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican. [12] I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess. [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O God, be merciful to me a sinner. [14] I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather than the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. [15]

              Dear Cheryl. You, as a woman, have fine feelings for others. However, sometimes those others do not deserve fine feelings. For example, the Talmud contains blasphemies against The Lord and His Most Holy Mother. Am I supposed to have fine feelings for blaspheming anti-christian Jews today? Impossible.

              • Wulfrano,
                I will no longer respond to any more of your comments regarding this devotion. As a woman or a man, my thoughts would be the same as they are now. The Bible tells us …..

                1) To love our enemies
                ” But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[a] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45 (NKJV)

                2) To forgive
                “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:15 (NKJV)

                God bless you and my He grant the eyes of your heart revelation.

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