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Fourteen Ways in Fourteen Days ~ Intenionally Loving Isn’t Happy When Bad Things Happen To Others…

{Way Eleven ~ Don’t Be Happy When Bad Things Happen To Others}

“Yes, finally they got what they deserved.”

“I’m not sorry for them.  They brought it on themselves.”

“It doesn’t bother me at all.  It’s about time they felt the sting of their choices.”

“Thank you, Lord!  You socked it to them.”

“That will teach them a HUGE lesson.”

I’m embarrassed to say, at one time or another, I’ve made similar statements or thought like thoughts.  By nature, I’m a justice seeker and when justice was served, I thrilled in it.  Adding my two cents was the icing on my nasty little cupcake.

Oh, I reeked of righteous indignation.

Then, three words stopped me in my tracks.

Three words I experienced, first-hand.

Forgiveness…

Grace…

Mercy…

For those of us who are blood-bought believers, we’ve been changed by forgiveness, grace and mercy.  So…

Instead of Jesus saying “Yes, finally they got what they deserved.”, he said “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;” ~ Luke 6:37.

Rather than thinking “I’m not sorry for them.  They brought it on themselves.”, may we think as he taught “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” ~ Luke 6:36.

Let’s substitute “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, ” ~ Colossians 3:12, for “It doesn’t bother me at all.  It’s about time they felt the sting of their choices.”

Instead of cheering, “Thank you, Lord!  You socked it to them.”, may we remember “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ~ Luke 19:10.

Rather than cheering on the correction of others, “That will teach them a HUGE lesson.”, let’s bear in mind “…if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1.

Where forgiveness reigns, retribution doesn’t.

Where grace lives, vengeance doesn’t.

Where mercy resides, retaliation doesn’t.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/marianne.sunderland Marianne Sunderland

    Beautifully said Stefanie.  I am going through a situation where it is hard to feel grace towards someone and this was like balm to my struggling soul!
    God bless your day!
    Marianne

  • Anonymous

    I have been guilty of saying things like, “Well, finally! God got ‘em!” Who am I to feel that way? If I got what I deserved…oh, me.

    Will I always respond with mercy and love? No, probably not. But hopefully the Lord will continue to soften my heart with each situation.

    Great post, Stef.

  • http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/ Mary Bonner

    Hey friend…I saw just a bit too much of myself in this post!  :-)  Thank you for the reminder that we are all forgiven by grace!!  Great post!