It was one of those days again, it happened this past weekend – hearing someone verbally abusing just so they could hurt our family – all because we are different – all because we are the only followers of Christ in our family.
The Philistines said, “Look! Those worthless Israelites have crawled out of the holes where they’ve been hiding.”– I Samuel 14:11 CEV
I have been verbally abused for my faith by co-workers, by neighbours, by friends – but when it is family, it hurts most. Somehow I know the promises of God when it happens with the others, but with my family I forget that God is there to protect me too.
Let’s praise the Lord!
He protected us from enemies
who were like wild animals – Psalm 124:6 CEV
So as our family regroups and begins to pray for when our next family visit will take place, one of the most encouraging thoughts is that grace abounds where nothing else will do. God wants our family to know Him – everyone is accepted. As I lead my family through grace and as we heal, this one fact remains.
Peter said to them, “You know that we Jews are not allowed to have anything to do with other people. But God has shown me that he doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit. – Acts 10:28 CEV
It is a whole lot easier just to invite them to a church service and have them decline. No, God has called them to Himself and as family, we are called to share Him with them. I am reminded of what Jesus went through when He entered the very world He created.
I loved Courtney’s post where she wrote the entire Psalm 23. That is how powerful that Psalm is – and it helped me this past weekend to know that I do not walk alone.
Lord, thank you for Your Word. Thank you for Psalm 23. Thank you for speaking encouragement and allowing us to see others as You see them. Thank you for showing us how to take verbal abuse for our walk with You and how not to take it personally. Give us the strength, give us Your Holy Spirit, and allow us to continue to serve You, speak about You and most of all, follow You even in the face of difficulties. Amen.