Last night, I received a call from my best friend. There were three of us on the call, as the past few months have been very difficult for her. The new bosses have been stepping all over people, talking down to them, giving unrealistic goals, and seem to get a real kick out of making people cry. The more she talked about how she was being mistreated at work, the more I found myself filled with anger. So, as we continued to listen, I found myself getting angrier by the minute.
I can tell you that my thoughts were not kind. I was so angry on her behalf, I wanted to take her to the office, pack up her desk, and give these bosses a piece of my mind. I was ready to take them on with every physical and speaking ability I possess.
Needless to say, when we ended the phone conversation, I was fit to be tied. I kept saying over and over, it’s not fair…they have no right…how dare they treat people like this. And of course, as I kept mulling it over in my mind, speaking these words, the worse I was feeling. I started pacing the room, hands flying in the air, speaking very unbecoming words as the anger started taking control. After a few minutes, I was fuming. The more I thought about it, the worse I felt. Anger spewing, thoughts of revenge and plots started forming, and nothing I thought was ever going to help the situation.
Then of course, reality came flooding back in. I started remembering Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” So, I grabbed my Bible and started reading Psalm 37. I love the Psalms. They are jam packed with wisdom and knowledge. Well, as I started to read, Psalm 37:7-9 “Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself – it tends only to evildoing. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.”
After coming back to reality and reading God’s wisdom, I asked a family member to pray with me. We asked God to give our friend the strength she needs to stand through this trial, the peace to endure, and the wisdom she needs to overcome. Then, we started to pray for her enemies; that God’s wisdom will come into their hearts, that He will fill them with peace, and that their ways will turn towards the Lord’s. As we continued our prayer, we surrendered the situation to Him; declaring that He knows what’s best and will make sure that our friend comes out better, stronger, with much reward for her endurance.
As soon as we finished praying, we were both full of peace. We instantly knew that God had it under control and knew exactly what needed to happen, along with the perfect timing to make it happen. So, the next time you find yourself in a similar situation, PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES! It is truly the ultimate recourse. For when God is on your side, everything is going to work out for your good. Your enemies won’t stand a chance against Almighty God. He is the Alpha and Omega; knowing the end from the beginning. And, there isn’t anything He won’t do for His beloved children.
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