Archive for September 1st, 2013

JO’s sermon this week is a repeat, as it usually is on holiday weekends.  You can find it here:


God gave me the opportunity to offer advice in my comments to someone who has endured the experience described in the title, and because I flatter myself that I came up with a decent answer I thought I’d toss it out as a post:

  1. LJ

    Someone used me then rejected me…..i am so angry and hurt……i want revenge but i know I have to leave it to God. How do i let go and move on?

  2. I understand what you’re going through, LJ; I’ve had several people do similar things to me in the past year or so. The best answer I can give is; at first, it’s not really possible to let go and move on, because you have to feel all the emotions that accompany these events. Allow yourself to be angry, hurt, sad, etc, and to do whatever you need to to get through those feelings, as long as you’re still going to work, fulfilling all your other responsibilities, and trying to live a healthy life both physically and spiritually… and of course not doing any kind of harm, because you know that God wants us to be better than the people that have sinned against us:

    Luke 6:32-36 (NIV)

    32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

    Of course, you’re not ready to love this enemy yet!! First, process your emotions. Then, work on forgiving them, not to benefit THEM, but because unforgiveness is poisonous to your spirit. And then, come to feel sorry for them because they are so poor in spirit that this is how they have to behave, and because they do not have the closeness to God that YOU have. Think of them the way you would a starving person who stole your food… because that’s just what they are, a spiritually starving person who stole the love and joy from you because they had no other way to get it.

    God will deal with that person, and He will help you through your pain and back to peace. Talk to Him all throughout the day, and sooner than you think you’ll be through the pain and back to the good life you deserve!!

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