Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
I make one of the worst enemies, and I don’t mean in a threatening-cue the ominous music-type of way. I mean I suck at STAYING mad at people. Don’t get me wrong, I have temper and it is quite notorious in its own right, but I just don’t have the heart to stay upset at someone; especially if they once held a dear spot in my life. How do people go from “loving” each other, especially if they are Christians, to enemies?
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, in her book “Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free” tells us that every sin begins with a lie. I can just see Satan kicked back, whispering in our ears then getting ready for his own reality TV. “She doesn’t really like you, she’s just using you.”
“If he was really your friend he’d come tell you if something was wrong, you wouldn’t have to ask.”
Then pride jumps in, puts a straight jacket on us and we sit around muttering about what a jerk so-and-so was/is. Yea, this same jerks that remembered your birthday when all your other friends forgot; or whom made a four hour trip in two when you got put in the hospital….again. These are the friends that you can laugh with until tears run down your leg and you make that weird snort/grunt noise-which just makes y’all laugh all the harder. Yet one indiscretion, one slight, is enough to make tempers flare and everyone walk away from years worth of bonfires and memories-after all, we have our pride, right?
“He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
I think that the source of “fueds” has as much to do with pride as it does with anger or a person having been wronged. I know of one situation where a person has been upset at me for over a year and I honestly have no idea why they are mad me. My pride says, I’ve done nothing wrong if she has an issue she needs to call me, right? Wrong. I have let pride and modern worldliness control my actions instead of God’s word.
“So if you are offering your gift on the alter, and there you remember that your brother has something something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
“But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.”
At some point or another the forgiveness has to start somewhere, the pride has to fall and the healing begin. I choose to let it start with me.