Saturday, October 4, 2014

Managing Mistreatment!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Pet. 3:15) 

Anybody can accept a reward graciously, and many people can even take their punishment patiently when they have done something wrong. But how many people are equipped to handle mistreatment after they've done right? Only Christians are equipped to do that. . . . 

When we think a wrong has been done to us that we don't deserve, we can respond, "Lord, You're with me right now. You are here, and You have Your reasons for what is happening. You will not take advantage of me. You're much too kind to be cruel. You're much too good to be unjust. You care for me too much to let this get out of hand. Take charge. Use my integrity to defend me. Give me the grace to stay calm. Control my emotions. Be Lord over my present situation." In such a prayer, we "sanctify Christ as Lord" in our hearts (1 Pet. 3:15). 

Hope Again 

Mistreatment is all around us. Mistreatment can be seen on TV, in our newspapers, over the radio. With so much conflict all around us, how do we deal with it? Who do we run to in confidence? When is the most appropriate time to deal with it? These are only a small sample of the tons of questions we ask ourselves when confronted with some type of mistreatment. 

A major crisis has recently broken out in professional football (National Football League) about its professional athletes being involved in domestic violence among other conflicting issues. The NFL's handling of the various conflicts leaves very little to be desired and is not very encouraging given the millions of dollars that flow in and out its organization. 

The irony of the above example is that money in and of itself cannot and will not ever resolve conflict. God is the only Person we should be running to whenever mistreatment happens to us or to others. We must ask God to help us learn how to manage mistreatment. Managing mistreatment of any kind cannot and will not be resolved in our own strength. If we attempt to do so, we are bound to fail. 

My dear friends, I implore you that you get before God on your knees asking Him in Jesus' name to grant you the wisdom, intelligence, patience, and perseverance to learn how to deal with conflict and mistreatment in a manner that is worthy of bringing glory to God's name and please Him in the process. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-)