But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? — Matthew 5:44-47
Harsh words hit us like a fist. Our mouths fall open in disbelief when people take advantage of us, cheat us, make us feel like a punching bag. We can’t imagine how such people can look at themselves in the mirror. But we can imagine how we’d like to get our own brand of justice.
What do we do with the hurt? The answer, as always, is to take it to Jesus. We turn over to Him what we cannot understand. We ask Him to give us the grace to pray for those who hurt us—our enemies—for it may be true that those who inflict such pain have experienced deep hurt themselves. Maybe our loving reaction will help soften a hardened heart.
Be first, pray, gritted teeth and all. God will give you the grace you need.
Lord, help me to be more gracious when I have been wronged.