It’s so very easy to get angry, get hurt, or try to get even when someone forsakes, attacks, or disappoints us. Often times we seek to even the score through revenge or by begrudging the other person. This is a losing proposition and a terrible posture of heart. It’s generally not a matter of their heart, but of ours. What isn’t easy is often what is most necessary. Therefore, regardless of what someone has done, choose to be kind anyway, to forgive anyway, to love anyway. Be a blessing and not a curse. Don’t get even by stooping down to their level, but become even by raising them up to yours.
Some of the most difficult yet brilliant advice ever given:
“But I tell everyone who is listening: Love your enemies. Be kind to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who insult you. If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other cheek as well. If someone takes your coat, don’t stop him from taking your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you for something. If someone takes what is yours, don’t insist on getting it back. Do for other people everything you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:27-31 (GWT)
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