27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (NIV).
At 8:37 on a Saturday morning, I answered a call and that's where the brutal words from the other end of the phone hurt me so bad, that I can began to tremble. After 3 minutes of listening to the harsh words and tone, I responded by telling the person I would call them back. As I write this devotion, I have yet to call back because my heart is overwhelmed and brutally hurt. However, I must forgive because God's word pray for those who mistreat you.
During the era I grew up, there was a saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt." As I have grown into the woman that I am, I found that cliché to be misleading and untruth. Hurtful words and accusations are more brutal than a physical hit by the person.
However, as I meditated on the words the person spoke to me, I realized that it was a spirit within them. As a woman of God, I have learned to call the spirit for what it is. When someone has hurt you, it is not them; it is a spirit within them. Whether it is a jealousy spirit, controlling spirit, mean spirit, lack of self-confidence spirit, or insecure spirit, just acknowledge the fact it is a spirit. It is a stronghold spirit that has taken a hold onto the person's mindset.
Most people do not walk around intentionally hurting one another. Many times people whose words are hurtful and brutal it is because they are acting out of the hurt someone has done to them. They have internal issues that they need to deal with. When internal issues or past issues are not dealt with, they manifest to stronghold spirits.
We, as a human race, must learn how to communicate with one another. It does not matter if it is your friends, family, spouse, or co-worker just pray for them when they mistreat you. Do not just pray for them, but pray for yourself. Ask God what part you played in receiving the brutal words.
Please help me to learn how to evaluate myself when people lash out at me. God, show me where I played a role into the situation. Teach me how to forgive when someone hurts me. God you forgive us daily for our wrong doing. We thank you for your grace and mercy.
In Jesus Name,
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