An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain we lash out at others so they can feel our pain. Sometimes some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to the extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy on someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better…sometimes we feel worse.
I can already hear someone saying, “Yeah but what if the person does and says hateful things, you’re saying go and give them a hug, love them like I love family? Heck no!”
Family, you don’t have to be affectionate and lovey dovey to be loving. You don’t even have to spend time with them. It starts with acknowledging that they are a child of God— even if they’re acting like a child of satan. God created them. God loves them. God wants the best for them and from them. So honor God by being mindful of how you treat His children. You can pray for someone’s heart and not be in their presence, not engage with them. Just consider how Jesus would respond and then act accordingly.
Father I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, plot against me, and mistreat me. Today I pray that You touch their hearts and minds Father, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse aloud. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately pause in Your goodness. I pray to You this day humble, grateful and faith-filled. Amen.