A phrase I remember my mother uttering many a time in my young life. It was her piece of advice to me whenever I was upset about something someone did to me or just upset with someone in general. Instead of retaliating (like I so often wanted to), this piece of advice meant loving this person despite what they had done to me, and then showing them that love regularly by serving them or verbally communicating that kindness to them. I'll never forget this piece of advice either. And you know what else? It always seemed to work and it always was more satisfying than revenge. Funny how moms know best, huh?
This is a piece of advice I've carried with me all throughout my life and I will continue to carry with me; and more than likely, I'll end up passing it on to my kids one day too. There's so much truth up there in that little phrase and I know my mom got it straight from Scripture, too.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you....Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Luke 6:27-28, 31
I know our world is big on revenge and getting back at those who hurt us; whether that's with our words or actions. But the higher way belongs to Christ and He commands us to do good to those who hate us and mistreat us, not to just forget about it and move on, no His way says that we should actively seek to serve them even when they hurt us. Believe me, after years of practicing this piece of advice from my mom (and Scripture), it has proven to be way more satisfying than hurting the other person back. Not always easy, but much more satisfying. Even so much as helping me make a new friend once or twice...No joke!
So, try it out! You might just be surprised at what this simple act can do for you :)
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