I will continue from the scripture I quoted from in yesterday’s blog post, however I will start of by saying that we ought to thank God for His word indeed. What we learn from the word of God is really and literally profound. From really significant revelations on the beauty of Jesus to practical things that we encounter on a day to day livelihood.
We have a scenario where there is this young girl in our neighborhood, around about 17 years girl. She was a girl who was really friendly to my little brother at some point; my younger brother is 13. Both her and my little brother had formed a very interesting friendship. As I would make conversations with my little brother, asking him about his friends. About whom in his circle of friends is the closest, who in his circle finds trustworthy. He would of course be really open since I have given him that platform.
This girl would make it on his closest and he would go on to tell me how well mannered she is and how different she is from most girls who have reached this age in our neighborhood. In her family, they seem to be struggling a bit and would go to as far as asking my little brother for some tomato or anything that would help her and her grandmother and siblings to go to bed having eaten. Yes, my little would be more than willing to help this girl and that would make me really happy. However, a while back, things took a particular turn of events.
She started having this bitter attitude towards my brother, she conspired to put division in my little brother’s circle of friends. She was telling my little brother’s friends not to acquaint with him anymore. She was so determined that my little brother ended up not really having a social life anymore. He would just come back from school and just watch cartoons. When we asked why this was happening, totally oblivious of the reasons of course, he would just nod and say he doesn’t know.
It was hurting to me and my other brother of course. We desired to confront her but really didn’t know where to begin. Fast forward, his friends started really pursing him regardless what the girl said. She also changed and I could notice my little brother going to her home. Then yesterday, he told me, “guess who is now asking for my help?”. With a poised face I asked, “who?” He smiled and told me, “that girl constantly asks me for money and tomatoes and asks me to cut her (with our hair clipper).”
I was shocked, we hauled and asked, “the one who hated you, who told you not play with them(her and the siblings). The one who told two of your best friends not to play with you. The one who told her siblings not to even set foot in your home” My tone was an angry tone indeed. I could gather that my little brother could really go ahead in helping but our response really told him not to. We didn’t give him a crystal response of whether he shouldn’t or should but our body language and ques just gave him a conclusion that he should not.
Then later on, I recalled that earlier that day which is yesterday, I was reading this story about Paul and Silas. The way Paul and Silas acted so differently from how I reacted towards the story about my younger brother and the little girl. I regretted how I responded really. Having been purified by the blood of Jesus, and our body of sin and resentment having been buried with Christ and having this new self that Jesus rose from the dead with, we have to walk there in. Look at how Paul and Silas acted.
When the jailer, shaken out of sleep, saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, we are all here!”
Mind you, this is the jailer who took Paul and Silas, and cuffed in excruciating pain. He put them in an agonizing position. Having no mercy, even when they had already been beaten, in pain. Probably with their robes still out in the open. Without clothes. Open wounds. He didn’t care a single bit. Whether they were hurting or not, he just shoved them into this dungeon. But look at how Paul and Silas acted, after they had worshipped God and the jail had shattered open. The jailer attempting to kill himself, they stopped him. Majority of us would have let this man commit suicide after the pain he had caused to our bodies.
ACTS 31-32 AMP
And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house.
As a result of their heart warming, forgiving hearts, this man asked how he could get saved. They didn’t count the evil he did towards them. They told him and all his household was saved in believing in the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. All a result of Paul and Silas letting the fruit of the spirit be wrought out of them by the Holy Spirit. The spirit of forgiveness and kindness. I know it’s hard for us to act this way. Look at me and my younger brother, we didn’t want to give our youngest brother to go ahead and help this girl in her need even after she caused so much pain to him.
This is not the way to handle matters particularly when you know the forgiveness of God to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our old man is dead with its bitter resentments and revenge mentality. We just ought to walk in love regardless what the world system might be whispering in our ears.
I’ll consider whether or not I’ll write a continuation of this story because how I’m going to tackle it is different from how I handled it last night. The last thing I would want is for my younger brother growing up thinking that an eye for an eye kind of a posture is the way of life.