I have found that when I think someone has wronged me, and owes me an apology, the Lord only moves on my behalf, once I ask Him to help me see the whole truth in the situation. This means I am seeking, with sincerity, my own fault in the situation and not just focusing on my own feelings and hurt.
I learned a long time ago, that fault finding and gossip are both advocating for the enemy. He divides, destroys and blames. If hate is where I’m focused then the enemy is who I am serving.
If I put myself on a level that I can comfortably say to someone, “I have a “right” to be and stay angry” then I am a devil’s advocate. That’s elevating myself to be more important than the other person and it’s also saying I’m better than them because I didn’t do what they did.
Father God will not move on my behalf so long as I stay in this self-righteous, self pity mindset.
Romans 2:11 NLT — For God does not show favoritism.
He allows me time to pout and cry over my hurt and then decide if I want to stay there imprisoned by my rights or do I want Him to help me escape my prison of self.
Philippians 2:3-4 NLT — Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Romans 14:1 NLT — Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
Acceptance of someone as one of God’s beautiful, purposeful, unique creations, that was fearfully and wonderfully made, does not mean acceptance of their views or ideals.
Love does not mean we agree.
The show of kindness does not mean lifestyle acceptance.
To not pass judgment on someone or their lifestyle does not mean we join in or flaunt their choice of sin in front of the world demanding acceptance. We can hate the crime yet love the criminal.
Patience does not mean unaffected, uncaring or unmoved.
Self-control does not mean without our own opinion.
Peacekeeping is not the choice to be a follower or the license to be taken advantage of.
Mercy does not mean acceptance of someone’s wrong.
Forgiveness does not mean one’s wrong and one’s right.
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you while you seek Him with your whole heart.