When You Have Been Done Wrong

Psalm 119:165 – “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

       Jesus said in Luke 17:1 that as we go through life “offenses will come”. What that means in plain old English is that it is absolutely certain you will hurt and offended in the course of trying to live your life. So how do we respond when these come? We know how some respond: some with anger, bitterness, and revenge and others with depression, addictions and even suicide. Is that the only way? NO! God has another way, a better way to respond when we are done wrong. We have all heard the cliche “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Take Joseph in the Old Testament for example. He was a good young man and did everything he was supposed to do and yet he suffered terribly. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers (and you thought your family was rough), he was accused of rape, unjustly put in prison and forgotten. If anyone had a case to give up, get depressed, take pills and end it all it was Joseph, but he didn’t. In fact, he built a bridge and got over his troubles – and you can too! In the troubles of life Joseph responded:

 With Obedience (Genesis 37:13)
 With God’s Presence (Genesis 39:2-3)
 With Hard Work (Genesis 39:2-3)
 With Faithfulness (Genesis 39:6)
 With Godliness (Genesis 39:6)
 With Faith (Genesis 50:19-20)

Child of God, issues and pain will come but you don’t have to live as a victim you can be a victor through the Lord Jesus Christ! It’s not what goes wrong in your life that defines you it’s how you respond that does.

Robert Pophal
Senior Pastor | Rose Park Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan