Some of you are facing what seems to be terrible injustice. You have been falsely accused. People have said hurtful things to you. In our church community, quite a few people have experienced received negative decisions about immigration or benefits. Often, it’s not just the decision that affects them but how it was made and the tone with which it was delivered
Others face the injustice and pain of people gossiping behind their back or being cruel to their face. If that’s you, then you have been caused to experience real pain. What is the temptation here?
– It is to harbour resentment against another
– It is to look for opportunities for revenge
– It is to take delight (schadenfreude) when the people who have hurt you fail and fall.
But if we belong to Jesus that way is not open to us. So how do we avoid it?
- We go to God with our grievance. Scriptural prayer and worship allows for the full range both of praise and lament. Take time to pray and pour out your heart to God. This is not about resentment or anger at him but a genuine expression of distress.
- We look back to past grace. Christ died for you. He loved you and me when we were his enemies. Our sin against him was far worse than anything we might face. Yet he loved us, forgave us and redeemed us. He loved and forgave first so we can love and forgiv
- We look realistically at the situation. The person who has hurt you is not your real enemy. Do not fear the one who can only harm the body. This is someone who desperately needs the gospel. Pray for them. Pray for opportunities to show love and share the Gospel.
- We look forward to future grace. What kept David going? The answer is that the was looking forward. He trusted God to keep his promise. We look forward knowing Christ will fulfil his promise to return, to make all things new and to bring his justice.