When I’m going through difficult times as a result of the actions of others, I am reminded of Psalm 109. Believe it or not, there are times that people say unkind things about me. These words can strike me deeply and take the wind right out of my sails. I try to reflect on the criticism to see if there is any validity in their accusations, even when it is done in a way that is not intended to help me become a better person. The sad reality is that there are people who feel the need to talk badly about others in order to feel better about their situation. It is in those moments I need to remember to (1) Pray for them. (2) They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason. (3) I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.