The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Enduring an Enemy
Lord of Peace,
It seems that I have an enemy, a foe.
A collaborator has
become an adversary.
This happens infrequently, and I’m not handling it well.
Pour out your wrath on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them. (Psalm 69:24)
Oh, how I like that Scripture! …but I know better. The
Psalmist ultimately leaves it in your hands. That's where I'm struggling.
I began by defending myself. Thatmorphed into judgment, and I just can’t let it go.
…you who pass judgment on
someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning
yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (Romans 2:1)
I need your strength, Lord Christ. Not for the battle. I
need strength of faith and strength of trust to let this go. You are my defender. You are the
But I tell you, do not resist
an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other
cheek also. (Matthew 5:39)
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times
shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?"Jesus
answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."(Matthew
My prayer is to think and act on your truth. Amen.