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Have you ever felt that you were treated unjustly, that you were wronged? How did you respond? Being wronged is a common experience in this world. It happens to all of us. How do you respond when you feel you have been wronged, or slighted, or treated unjustly? By anger? By retaliating, striking back in word or act? By hatred? By a quest for revenge? Knowing how to live life involves knowing how to handle various situations life can present to us. Being wronged or done an injustice is one of the most common situations we encounter. How does one handle the situation? In life, things are very often not what they should be, not even close to what they should be. It is a fact. Life is full of injustice. We live in a world ruled by Satan. His lies and his ways are pervasive and dominate in this world. He works his way through lie and deception. And he acts through people. It is misguided, misled, deceived humanity that does his work for him. The reason for all the injustice usually comes down to people, people not acting as they ought to act -- not doing as they should do. Have you ever been the object of ridicule, scorn and abuse by the crowd? Do you know what it is like to be an outcast -- ostracized, rejected by the crowd? Do you know what it is like to have the enmity and hatred of the crowd? Do you know the injustice of the crowd? I am sure the reader has heard the story of Jesus Christ. It is a very interesting story to read. God sent his son, Jesus, down to this world, sent him as his personal messenger to mankind. Jesus claimed to be that messiah that God had promised to the Jews. He moreover claimed that he and God were one, that he was with God when he created the universe, and that he was the one who would be the judge in that final day in which all mankind will be judged. How was Jesus treated here on this earth? Answer: He was rejected, hated and abused by the religious and political leaders of the land, by the people in positions of power. He was rejected by much of the populace. And finally, through their insistence and pressure, he was condemned to die and was crucified as a common criminal. That is how he was treated. Very badly. And what did he do to justify this treatment? He did great miracles before thousands, healing the sick, curing the deaf and blind, raising the dead. He preached a profound message of repentance from sin, love of God and of neighbor, peacefulness, humility, meekness, forgiveness, moral purity, self-denial, service, goodness and virtue. We can say that God himself came down to this world and was rejected and abused very badly by his creation. He was condemned, rejected, ostracized and persecuted. He suffered the same kind of abusive treatment many of us suffer. Now what do you think of that? God, himself, in coming here to earth was not immune to the wrongs, injustice and abuse of this world. He was wronged repeatedly. What kind of reception is that? He had the power and, had he wished to do so, he could have struck all his enemies dead with a single word. But how did he respond to all this abuse, all these wrongs done to him? By any kind of violence? He showed us by his example how we are to respond to wrongs. In the same way, the apostles and early Christians were rejected and persecuted by the powers of the land. Many died for their faith. They were grossly wronged. How did they respond to wrongs? Jesus had a message about how to respond to wrongs. The message: Do not respond, leave justice to God. Forget and forgive the wrong. Matt 5:38-41 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Matt 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Matt 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Psa 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psa 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isa 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengence is mine; I will repay sayeth the Lord. I Pet 2:18-23 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. I Th 5:14-15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rom 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. The following is a prophesy of the promised Jewish messiah (Jesus) from the book of Isaiah (Isa 52:13-15, 53:1-12), New King James Version. Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider. Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Nov 2008 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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