Journal Entry ~ 08/11/19

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  - Psalm 133:1

We should consistently be striving for peace and unity in our lives. Every interaction we have, every piece of advice we give, every discernment, every decision - the ultimate goal should always, only be for peace. In a world teeming with conflict, we are to be the peacemakers. Our energy and our focus should be on making peace in every area of influence we have. This is what will glorify Him and bring righteousness. 

One of the most significant ways that our peace is disrupted is when we experience what we perceive as an injustice. When people hurt us with their words or actions, when they treat us outside of our expectations, when people gossip about us, when people cheat or lie to us, when people make an assumption about our character that is wrong, we want justice served. 

God placed a desire for justice in our hearts, so when we face an injustice in our lives, it is tempting to take things into our own hands. We cut off friendships and family members who hurt us, we give our spouses the silent treatment when they treat us poorly, we gossip and slander about co-workers when they've been difficult. We really do find it easier to make war than to make peace. 

But Scripture is quite clear about how we should respond when people in our lives treat us unfairly - we are to dwell in unity. We are to strive to for peace with all people. We are to be the most loving people that the people in our lives know. We are to stop doing God's job and start trusting that He will do what He has promised to do. We are to leave justice in His hands. 

The problem with our hearts is that we want to hurt back in the same way we've been hurt and we want to be the ones to make it happen...but that's not God's agenda. God will never abandon his mercy for justice. He will repay, but it will most likely not be in our timing or in our way. 

We have to remember that God has a plan for the person who is hurting us just as He has a plan for us. He's working on their heart at the same time He's working on ours. And if we're on Gods agenda, then we need to remember that ultimately, we would see all people come to Christ, and grow to be more like Him. 

Justice belongs in the hands of our Father. Take your hurt to Him, and leave it there. Trust that He has a plan for that hurt that is good. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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