Monday, August 29, 2016
Just Because You Have the Right, Doesn't Make it Right
Let me ask you something. How do you handle your haters? You know who I mean. The people who don't like you, talk about you, treat you bad, out to get you. How do you handle your haters? When they talk about you, do you go and talk about them? When they post something ugly about you on FB, do you post something ugly about them on FB? When they run up and get all in your face, do you run up and get all in theirs? When they sneak and do devilish things behind your back, do you....ok you get the picture.
I want to share a little secret with you. And it must be a secret because you don't see that many people applying it. And really you won't learn it by watching tv or watching what others do. But here it is...our little secret...Just because you feel like you have the right to get back at someone doesn't mean it's right to get back at someone. Let me share an example from the Bible.
You know of King David right? As a young boy anointed by God to later replace King Saul; killed the Philistine giant Goliath in the Valley of Elah; invited to live in the palace by King Saul who treated him like a son; became a great warrior and the people loved him. Yeah, you know him. Well, when Saul started hearing the people cheer David's name more than his own, he grew very jealous. And as you probably know, jealousy is a strange yet powerful emotion that if not put in check will drive you to do things you never thought you'd do. It drove Saul to spend the rest of his life trying to kill David.
David had to run after several attempts on his life. In the Book of 1st Samuel Chapter 24, we read that one day King Saul was going around looking for David. He took a break and went into a cave to relieve himself. David and his men happened to be hiding in the back of that cave. Saul didn't even realize they were there. David's men told him to take advantage of that opportunity and kill Saul. How do you think David handled his hater? Had every right...right? Not only would everyone around David have understood why he did it, they would have cheered him on.
Well, the Bible says that David only cut off a little piece of cloth from Saul's cloak. As Saul exited the cave, David revealed himself by holding up that piece of cloth. This is what David said to Saul..."Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me." 1 Samuel 24:11 (NLT)
Look, let me give you a few pieces of advice. First of all, just because you feel like you should get back at someone doesn't mean you should. I mean come on, if you went and did everything you felt like you should do, me and everybody reading this post would have to put our pennies together to bail you out of jail. Second of all, our emotions are like dogs. It's one thing to let them in your house, but if you let them sleep on your couch, soon they'll be sleeping in your bed. You have to control your emotions and not let your emotions control you. And the power of God through the Holy Spirit helps us do that. Third, and most important of all, if God can show grace to us, then we certainly can show grace to others. We often want God to be generous with His grace when it comes to us, but stingy when it comes to others. And that ought not be so.
You never know. That unusual, unmerited display of love and forgiveness just might be what your haters need to point them to Jesus.