May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. Psalm 40:14
Davids difficult people wanted to take his life and ruin him into disgrace. They were the enemies who were out to destroy his reputation, and David knew vengeance would only lead him to be controlled by their desire to ruin him. However, David also knew vengeance belonged to the Lord. The natural response was for David to pray for his enemies, and he wanted to shame and ruin to come to them.
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:44,45
Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, gave us some advice on how to handle difficult people; love is his answer. Love is so contrary to how we normally feel about our enemies. The natural reaction is to show actions of hate or hostility, to get even. But we all know when we do, we are wasting emotional energy and playing the same games.
Learning to let go of offenses will keep our heart from allowing the enemy to have access. Resolving issues quickly with others will keep us from allowing wrongdoings to grow in our mind and heart.
Today in the Workplace
Do you have an offense you need to forgive?