Monday, July 18, 2011
Dealing with bullies
He and his men worked hard to dig out each well. But every time they finished the grueling task, along came someone else trying to start something. Surprisingly Isaac just had his men move along and ignore the bullies. And one day the bullies finally had enough and quit bugging them.
You may not be fighting over wells in the desert, but you most likely know all too well how mean people can be. You're just minding your own business when, out of the blue, someone hurls a hurtful insult at you. With one unkind word or cruel look, they figuratively fill in all the wells you've been working so hard to dig. And it hurts.
The temptation is to launch a counterattack. But as a follower of Jesus, that's not the best answer . He said to turn the other cheek. In fact, that's exactly what he did on the cross. So follow Jesus' and Isaac examples. Keep moving forward in obedience and forgiveness, and leave retaliation up to God.