People like to be appreciated. We like to receive compliments or be told we are doing great at something. Unfortunately in life, that will not always be the case. Here are some people in Scripture who were treated wrongly:
Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers and accused of sinning with Pharaoh's wife (Genesis 37:1-11, Genesis 39:1-20).
Daniel was thrown into the lion's den for praying against the law (Daniel 6).
Jesus was accused of doing wrong and questioned by the Pharisees (Matthew 16:1-4).
How can we treat others the right way when they have wronged or offended us?
Love them. We are all different. We have our good points and our bad points. We need to stop seeing people as a race or a status, but rather how Jesus sees them. Jesus loved everyone. He loved us so much that He gave up all His glory in heaven to die on the cross for us (John 3:16).
Bless them. We like to receive blessing from people. It is easy to bless those who we like or who are kind to us in return. It's another thing to bless them that curse us or despitefully use us. Luke 6:27-28, "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."
Forgive them. Make right the wrong. It's very hard to forgive someone. It's even harder to forgive them when they accuse you of something you have not done. One of the hardest things is knowing you didn't do anything wrong, but the accusations have changed your relationship with that person. Colossians 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
Pray for them. Praying for other people is sometimes a hard thing to do, especially when that person did you wrong. Prayer will change your heart and feelings for someone. James 5:16, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Are you seeking to properly treat people the way they should be treated? Do you love others like you should? Are you a blessing to others? Have you forgiven others? Have you prayed for those who have hurt you?
Today would be a great day to ask the Lord to help you with relationships in your life that have caused you hurt.
Written by Taylor Ragle