Read: Matthew 5:11-21

No one is immune from being hurt by anyone. When you are hurt by someone, do not bear any grudge against them or hurt them in return. Jesus said, “Love your enemies. Bless those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Jesus Himself was hurt by His near and dear ones. Jesus advised, “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either” (Luke 6:28-29). If someone hurts you, do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21). Vengeance is the Lord’s and He will repay the opposing forces for the troubles they cause you (Rom. 12:19).

When Joseph’s brothers tried to kill him and then later sold him to the Midianites, he was not bitter but forgave his brothers. After 13 years, Joseph met his brothers during the time of the famine, but he did not harbour vengeance against his brothers. Joseph said to them, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Gen. 50:20).

The Bible says, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). God has made all for Himself, even the wicked for the day of doom (Prov. 16:4). God has put those people to hurt you for a better purpose, such that you can draw closer to Him and know who your real friends are. When others hurt you, “Bear with one another, and forgive one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Col. 3:13). If Christ has shown us the example in forgiving those who hurt Him, we also ought to forgive those who have hurt us.

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