GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. Romans 12;17-19 NIV
Is there someone that has hurt you deeply and you’re wondering if it’s possible to forgive that person and get along with them again? Or you’re asking is it necessary to forgive and get along with someone who hurt you.
I know what popular culture says, cut them off, let the world know how terrible they are and so on but believe it or not God actually expects something different from you the believer. He expects you to get along with everyone, good or bad! That’s a tall order right? Wrong it’s actually not so difficult to forgive and move on if you decide to do things Gods way.
Our text today tells us that as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
One of the things I love most about God’s word is that it not only instructs us, it also empowers us to do what it tells us to do.
Phillipians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”
Now let’s look at what God expects from us when we find ourselves unhappy with how someone has treated you.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. Romans 12: 17- 21 MSG
3 things to do to forgive and move on after a hurt
Pray for them & Bless them – Anytime you think of them or the issue that caused the hurt, say a word of prayer for them from your heart. Trust God for them to have a good life and good success.
Be deliberately kind to them – Whenever you find yourself in the same space with them, resist the urge to let your emotions run by acting nasty or saying foul stuff, but be intentionally nice to them. Go out of your way to do this.
Be patient and be ready to forgive – Just because you have prayed for them and acted nicely to them doesn’t mean that they would change instantly, they would realise their wrongs or wouldn’t hurt you again, be patient with them. Learn to forgive in advance. Always believe the best of them.
I refuse to allow hatred, hurt and any foul language get the best of me. I learn to forgive anyone in advance that might have hurt me in the past, is hurting me now, and will hurt me in the future. I give no space to unforgiveness in my life; instead, I pray for them that hurt me, and I bless them sincerely from my heart. I practise acts of kindness towards them and I am patient with them. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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