How do you respond when someone hurts you? Are there people in your life who mistreat you, take advantage of you or drag your name through the mud? My first response is usually to set the record straight – defend myself – seek a form of justice… but that rarely leads to peace of mind.
Peace of mind is something I long for, but how do we get it?
We have been digging in to Philippians 4:8 word by word to find that answer. (Click any of the words to go back in the study.)
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB).
The word today is Just or Justice.
This word applies when I am hurt or wronged and would naturally plan ways to retaliate or set the record straight.
How do we think thoughts that are just or about justice?
This is all about taking the high road. Try thinking: “Is this thought about the right or righteous thing to do in response?”
God gives us clear instructions about the right way to handle hurtful situations in Romans 12:17-21.
How can we take the high road and apply Just thinking?
When someone has wronged me I refuse to plan ways to hurt them back.
- Instead, I take my hurt to God and seek His wisdom.
- My example here is David. He could have taken vengeance on King Saul many times, but over and over he sought the Lord and let the Lord direct Him. Psalm 59:9-10
- I ask God to reveal to me anything I did that could have lead up to this
- It is not always my fault, but sometimes it is… right? Psalm 139:23-24
- If I am in the wrong, I own my part and try to make it right (Matthew 5:23-24).
- If I am in the right, I ask God to defend me and work the situation out supernaturally.
- God’s word is full of references to God being my defender, my protector, a strong tower I can run to when I am in need (Psalm 18:1-2).
It is hard to Take the High Road
Taking the High Road means I have to get my head right – I have to be in God’s word… letting it sink deeply into every part of me. I have to trust Him through every situation – even when I am wronged.
Can I share a Free 40 day Bible Journaling and Reading Plan? It has helped me as I deal with Anxiety. Through these verses I have been able to find Peace of Mind
2 things happen when I let God defend me.
- I keep myself from being in the wrong
- because if I open my mouth I will end up saying something to hurt the other person (Proverbs 21:23).
- God is able to teach that person in ways that affect real lasting changes (Proverbs 16:9).
- When I pray about it and wait for God to defend me,
God has done this countless times as I pray about the tough situations rather than giving people a Piece of my mind.
God doesn’t always remove us from tough things, but He does give us Peace in the midst of them to overcome the anxiety the enemy would love to overwhelm us with.
Are there verses that help keep you centered in justice? I’d love to hear from you about it!