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Following Jesus, Day 18 – “Not Fair”

June 15, 2015

People often say and do the most hurtful things. Often they do not really mean them, and they have no idea how badly I am taking them. I, too, surely have done and said things that hurt other people. It doesn’t seem fair that we cannot telescope our feelings before we speak or act. We keep our feelings locked up until a bump dislodges them, and then we are hurt.

Jesus was hurt by others, even those he loved. Consider Peter who denied him three times and the others who doubted before he came back to show them his wounds and tell them what he had meant by his teaching. The disciples had listened to him but they could not understand his truth without the proof. Most important, however, was his reaction.

Jesus responded to things that were not fair with peace and love. No apology was necessary. That is God’s way. Accepting thoughtless interactions with unkind or thoughtless people is difficult but necessary to live in peace and harmony.

(Colossians 3: 13) Forbear and forgive as Jesus did.

(Ephesians 1: 7-8) Jesus forgives with grace, prudence and wisdom.

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