Don’t Be A Victim; Be A Helper

It is tempting for us believers in Jesus Christ to get angry and bitter when other people hurt us or slander us, especially when they are other believers in Jesus. When this happens we often just want to sit back, feel sorry for ourselves and watch/pray for God to rebuke our oppressors and vindicate us.

But we should not feel sorry for ourselves. Only those who doubt the faithfulness of God actually feel sorry for themselves when they are mistreated by others. If we have complete faith in God’s judgment of oppressors and rewarded of the humble, then we realize that we are not the losers, but the winners. Every time someone hurts us and we do not respond in kind, we are storing up eternal reward in heaven. This is not something to cry about, but something to rejoice in, just as the apostles rejoiced when they suffered injustice at the hands of men:

They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. (Acts 5:40-42 NIV).

Therefore, let us rejoice when others hurt us, since we know that God is faithful to us and will reward us in the end for the trials He has allowed us to endure. Let us not be victims. Instead, let us be helpers, showering compassion and true love on those who would be our enemies.

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