Women, we can be a fickle bunch. If someone hurts our feelings we can hold on to it way past the expiration date. I have been guilty of this so many times I don’t even want to count. Admittedly, I have a lot of baggage regarding hurt feelings but it does not justify holding on to old stuff.
Someone hurt my feelings a few weeks ago and I tried to just move on but I guess I had enough room in my bags for more stuff. Well I would try to be cordial towards this person but I always felt like maybe they had a little baggage, too. Fast forward to today. I was in a tight spot and found myself reflecting on this expired situation. I was so angry I could have spit nails. (Don’t ask me where that saying comes from lol)
I had to pause and have a conversation with myself and talk to God. I Googled a scripture that was on my heart.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.1 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:27-36 NKJV
I repeated this scripture until I understood what God needed me to know about it.
When people reference this scripture they usually only want to mention verse 27 rarely do you hear anyone mention verse 32. God reminded me that I still had to do good to this person even though they had said some unkind things to me. I had to be concerned about this person even though they had appeared to have totally disregarded me. After reading the scripture I said to God in a low voice and bowed head, “Ok.” I may have even had my lip poked out a bit. God had reminded me of what He expected of me even when it seems to be tough.
God tested me about a half hour later. I passed with flying colors. This person almost hurt themselves and I checked in with them to make sure they were fine. We laughed about it and that was that. I have to admit that if I had not read that scripture I would not have been able to do anything more than turn around and look to see if they were fine rather than to engage this person in a conversation.
I’m grateful that I was not so caught up in my own stuff that I could not hear or see the lesson that God was showing me. Loving the lovable is easy but what about the others. We are all a situation away from being unlovable, too. How would we want someone to respond to us?
Just another day’s journey of learning to love His way. Peace.