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)
A couple of weeks ago, I shared that as an adult, I've struggled with big bullies on big playgrounds.
When I asked God to peel another layer of mean-spirited injustice off my soul, I journaled, "God, where was Your justice then?"
He showed me that those who had been hurtful had dug their own ditches, and fallen into their very own traps. Where was justice? In the pit with them – their feet caught in the very hidden nets they'd set for others. They were, in fact, setting themselves up for self-condemnation and self-inflicted pain. How would they carry on from there?
I heard God gently whisper, "Walk in the opposite spirit. Set aside time to pray for them; they have unseen battles you can't imagine. They're engaged in a cycle of self-hatred. Seek mercy for them. Simply love them."
My eyes dropped to the floor and I bit my lip. Sometimes God is so irrational. Really.
When has God called you to return unkindness with kindness? Have Jesus ever seemed irrational to you? For that matter, has He ever seemed rational?
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