God’s most beautiful jewels are often delivered in rough packages by very difficult people, but within the package, we will find the very treasures of the King’s palace and the bridegroom’s love. A.B. Simpson
Focus Scripture: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.” Luke 6:22
In this temporary present life, we have an incomplete view of God’s ways, methods, and dealings. We tend to see just a glimpse of His heavenly handiwork which may appear to be underdeveloped or half finished. Yet, we must have faith that God has a noble goal and divine purpose in mind as we face dilemmas with people who agitate us in an unfavorable way. It’s disturbing to know that one comment, conversation, or unwanted opinion can wreck our attitude and demeanor for the entire day, and words from abrasive people can mess with our minds if we allow them to.
Jesus himself stood before men who ridiculed and condemned Him to death. Isaiah 53:3 says it this way “He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He faced the worst of the worst, endured persecution and died, yet, He came forth victorious over hell by the power of the resurrection. What a hope and comfort to know that the rough package of suffering and pain was handed to Him but He came forth victorious and lives forever more.
If today you encounter a difficult person who is simply rude, argumentative, condescending or belligerent, you are in good company. Our response to rough packages should model after the examples provided by Jesus. In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus was quite specific in regards to how we should respond as He said “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. And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.” Luke 6:27-31
Pastor Daron Hudspeth