We’ve been bullied. I say we, but it’s not really me at all, it was one of my children. I also want to say by no means was it a major concern, but definitely one that required my attention.
Walking with the Lord for over 11 years now has been an amazing journey. I have grown in ways I never knew possible, experienced love like I have never known, and had my heart condition checked and rechecked like it’s the engine light in your car. (please click here to read more of my journey By God’s Grace)
If you would have asked me a few years ago my stance on bullying or bullies or for lack of a better word our “enemies”, my answer would be different than it is today.A shift on a position after much prayer can only be evidence of the Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet
My husband and I spent a couple of years considering and praying for those who persecute us as Christians, as individuals, and as Americans… Our initial reaction was to defend, attack, protect and make our stance known…
One of my earliest memories of my heart change was about 5 years ago when we saw the movie, End Of the Spear. The movie is a drama based on actual events from Operation Auca from 1956. The perspective is from a child whose dad goes over to evangelize to a tribe in the tropical rainforest in Ecuador called the Waodani.
These particular people lived by a code of “kill or be killed.”
In one particular scene, the father is about to go minister to the Waodani people and his son is concerned he won’t protect himself and therefore won’t make it back alive. What the father says to his son took me by surprise. He said “Son, we can’t shoot the Waodani. They’re not ready for heaven… we are.”
I never really thought about that.
But shouldn’t that be the case?
The Lord, in His great grace, patiently and lovingly revealed to us His nature in a whole new way.
He revealed to us just how important sharing His love is, at any cost…
The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world. C.S. Lewis
If our greatest purpose as Christians is to make Him known, how can we do that in the midst of attack? Jesus outlines it for us in Matthew 5.
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44
I used to think that certainly didn’t apply to real life-close to home situations, or better yet, our children!
After much prayer, my husband and I came to the conclusion that it’s in those situations when it applies even more. That’s when the rubber meets the road.
But it’s definitely easier said than done.
Since our heart change we’ve had numerous times when we’ve been personally challenged, albeit on a very small scale compared to what the rest of the world deals with, but none the less, an opportunity to put our words into action.
In those situations, we had to make a choice on how to respond. I have to admit my first reaction wasn’t always admirable. But we chose to use those opportunities to pray for the other families involved. To consider what may be going on in their lives and to show what love looks like when the opposing person isn’t being lovable.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:32-36
While living out the gospel life you will have many opportunities to be examples of Christ. Through your personal walk, through your marriage, singleness, hardship, prosperity, being a friend, relative etc. But nothing has challenged me more than living out my walk as a parent.Most of us can tolerate anything if it happens to us-but just don't mess with our children... Click To Tweet
So what do you do in the midst of attack?
You do what He calls you to do.
2 Helpful things to do when faced with opposition.
1.) Pray. Go to the father who is the fullness of wisdom and He will guide your hearts to His perfect will.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
2.) Read the Scriptures.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16
Lastly, I want to leave this with you, a small passage from my Community Bible Study commentary through the book of Matthew.
“Disciples of Jesus must be ready to follow His example and to surrender their very lives for Him, rather than denying Him to keep family peace, accumulate material possessions, live a comfortable life, or have longer life. But those who surrender all for Him, including life itself when called for, will not be the losers. Instead, they will find life that is truly worth living, and they will reap eternal life and rewards.”
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