But that’s not fair! Part 1

Written by on January 12, 2012

 

A reader recently asked, "What's really going on when God says, 'Justice is mine'? What's He up to? What's going on when others don't seem to have consequences for mean-spirited actions?"
 

Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.  He made a pit and dug it out,  and has fallen into the ditch which he made.  His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
                                                                              (Psalm 7:14-16)

As a kid, I got into occasional fights with children on my block.  I had my share of shouting matches with kids who dominated games we played. I couldn't wait to grow up, to right what was wrong – to be rid of the bullies who used their power to threaten and intimidate.

But when I grew up, I found even more bullies. The bigger they came, the harder they…spoke.  And, incredibly, the more deceitful and vindictive they came, the more the system seemed to protect them. With one job,  I fought to stay positive with the cycle of vicious character assassination and intimidation that followed me. I was dying to set the record straight.

But instead, I found that  the Holy Spirit spoke to me about not always resolving the problem, but rather establishing an anchor of integrity in me.

When you've been dealt an injustice, what was your initial reaction to the immediate situation?  Were you able to move past the emotional pain? How did you later frame the experience?

 

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Comments
  1. Jarrod   On   January 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Lynn ~

    I was picked on possibly for a number of reasons, but I think it started with the fact my father was the principal. However, there was one classmate that I longed for the day I could just show up at his doorstep, ring the doorbell and pop him one when he opened the door.
    He had is own punishment with a few years of being into drugs. However, I naturally matured. To my knowledge he has turned his life around as well. Even if I could I would not go through with that childish dream.
    Good post!

  2. Lynn Hare   On   January 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Jarrod, thanks for your coment. Glad you had the courage to say you were ready to pop that kid in the nose.

    Many times I've had secret thoughts of taking a swing at someone for being deliberately hurtful. And just as I brought my fist back, ready to go at a punch full-bore, the Holy Spirit grabbed my fist, made me stop,and asked me to give them grace.

    Rats, just when it was getting good.

     

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