Letting Go of Insults and Injury

January 11, 2013 | Tags: , ,

But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their hearts.
You will listen carefully,
doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that men of the earth may terrify them no more.

Psalm 10:14, 17-18

One of the more difficult things God commands us to do when we are insulted and injured at the hands of another is to let it go and entrust it into His hands. This command comes up many times in different places in Scripture. For instance, Romans 12:19 says,“Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.”

We grow spiritually, both in peace of mind and heart, when we have not only the faith to believe that this is true, but to act upon it as well. We won’t know how we’ll behave until God tests us with situations that cause us to see our true heart in the matter. Sometimes, we will give it over to Him and let it go. Other times, we will give in and lash out on the person. I’ve done both. The former, though painful for a second, gives me peace in the long run. The latter, though freeing for a second, gives me great angst in the long run. I’ve decided I’ll take the long-term peace instead of the long-term angst, and I’ve prayed to ask God to help me just let it go. I’ve also asked others to pray for me to let it go. This is a work in me only the Holy Spirit can do.

The wonderful thing about this part of Psalm 10 is the assurance that God sees it all. He sees it and will take the matter into His own hands. He will hear our hearts, He will strengthen them and He will listen carefully. Then He will act in His own time and way. Through His power, we can let it go and know by faith He will take care of it.

Do you need help in this area too? Ask God for it. Ask Him to forgive you of the times when you didn’t let it go, then ask Him to help you let go when it happens again in the future. God wants to help you. He has the power to help you. Ask Him today.

By Courtney Silberman

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