Monday, February 19, 2007

What Should We Do When Others Try to Harm Us?

“You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good…” (Genesis 50:20.)

How wonderful is our Father who takes us into the shelter of His loving arms and protects us from those who try to hurt us. Just recently my husband and I got to witness the Lord’s compassion, grace, and lovingkindness.

We were faced with a loved one who used wicked lies to slander us for selfish gain. Our loved one sinned against us and hurt us deeply. In experiencing this I was reminded of Joseph whose own brothers sold him into slavery. It was an act that was meant for evil yet our Father turned it into good. This too was true in our situation.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isa. 41:10.)

It would have been easy for Joseph to turn against God; to ask our Father, “Why have you forsaken me?” The same can be said for us. Do we praise our Father for the trials we face or do we curse Him? What is the best course of action when tribulations come our way?

When we pledge our complete allegiance to God, He not only provides us with His protection He also provides us with a “body” to support us.

“God himself has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need it. And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.” (1 Corinthians 12: 24-26.)

My Father protected me and my family. He stood between us and an enemy of Christ and my husband and I did not even have to utter a single word in our own defense. Our Father took care of everything! How great thou art!

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1.)
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