Does this happen to you? I read a hot topic post on Nextdoor app. It struck a chord with me.
Although I’ve only written a couple of responses through the years, I supported the writer of the post and added my opinion. I made sure my opinion was respectful. Others were adding their thoughts, all respectful.
Then a monster guy decided to call us a “bunch of Karen’s, who had no brains” and couldn’t possibly have another point of view, than his own. He only offered his belittling criticism. My immediate reaction was “Why you, I’m going to blast you for being such a disrespectful ignoramus and give you a piece of my mind (as soon as I figure out how to say it respectfully!)” But then the words of our pastor entered my mind “Show people that you are a Christian and don’t partake in rude behavior.”
I was still emotionally charged, so to fix my angry thoughts, I “prayed” for this monster guy. I have a hard time praying for the enemy, especially instantly, but it really really helped. I released this person to God, thereby I didn’t feel the need to teach him his lesson. Compassion happened. My thoughts became “This person doesn’t understand God’s love and feels the need to pour out venom to strangers. Help him Lord. Soften his heart.”
I’ve seen others combat and rip each other to shreds so knew it wouldn’t do any good to speak with a gentle answer or be a counselor, but instead ask God to help him.
I did not reply.
My emotions were stable after letting go, and letting God, that evening. But the moment I woke, I felt aggravated! Yow.
God helped me right away. I read my friend’s blog and it was the exact answer to this situation! Thank you God!
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
PROVERBS 4:13-19 NKJV
What are your experiences?