Daily Meditation Medication

Claiming Our God Given Selves

When we have been deeply hurt by another person, it is nearly impossible not to have hostile thoughts, feelings of anger or hatred, and even a desire to take revenge. All of this often happens spontaneously, without much inner control. We simply find ourselves brooding about what we are going to say or do to pay back the person who has hurt us. To choose blessings instead of curses in such a situation asks for an enormous leap of faith. It calls for a willingness to go beyond all our urges to get even and to choose a life-giving response.

Sometimes this seems impossible. Still, whenever we move beyond our wounded selves and claim our God-given selves, we give life not just to ourselves but also to the ones who have offended us ~Henri Nouwen

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2 Responses to Daily Meditation Medication

  1. It’s precisely at these times, when others have hurt us badly, that we should try, as best we can, to put aside our natural urges for revenge and anger, and calmly focus on God.

    It is not always easy. But by turning to God we can acknowledge the fact that He is still in control of the situation and our well-being. We acknowledge that He has brought us into this situation; and we acknowledge and profess yet again our belief that He will see us safely through it.

    • ukok says:

      Victor, your words gave me such encouragement. You are so right that is at the times when we feel most hurt or offended by the words or actions of others, that we need to look to the Lord. In Him alone is our refuge. Thanks.

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