The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. – Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
The Lord notices when someone mistreats us. And He also sees when we burn with resentment over their trespasses.
Forgiveness isn’t easy, but Jesus did it, and so must we. Even if someone makes us angry because they overstepped our boundaries, we still have to forgive, if for no other reason than for our own peace.
Forgiveness begins with acknowledging our part in whatever happened. Not everyone understands our values and shares them. Not everyone is respectful of our time and limitations. Not everyone is good for our health.
God asks us to refrain from complaining and disputing. This is hard to do when someone wrongs us because it is natural to want that person to either apologize and make amends or be punished for what he or she did to us.
Luckily God sees everything and His judgment is fair. There is no disputing it. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord. The nice thing is that we always have a choice.
We can decide to be good or to give in to evil. And for those who choose to be evil, we don’t’ have to spend time with them! God will show us who in our lives needs to be replaced. Not everyone in our lives belongs there. It’s important to set boundaries with those who wrong us so that they don’t do it again, because they will.
It’s okay to part ways with someone who repeatedly disrespects us, because they are not friends. God wants good people in our lives, and when we let go of the bad, we make room for other good people to enter into our lives.
And some people are capable of turning to Christ and changing. It is not our responsibility to change them or make them into better people. That is God’s job. He can set things right.
It is challenging to pray for people who wrong us. But if Jesus could do it, so can we. Amen.