Hurt Feelings

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,”-Matthew 6:14

Has anyone ever gossiped about you, let you down, or rejected you? You get where I am going. I could list many things that cause hurt feelings. Hurt feelings can compile other feelings too, like sadness over the loss of a friendship, shame because your friend revealed a secret, and anger because your friend was being insensitive.

Remember that the Lord cares about your feelings. Jesus was also betrayed by His friends, so He understands your sorrow and He can comfort you. The Bible doesn’t condemn you for having emotions. But it is important for you to be careful to handle your emotions well. When someone hurts us our natural fleshly reaction is to strike back. But if you're a born-again, you have no business just reacting to things on a human level. God has called and equipped you to live on a higher level. God gave you the power to respond in a supernatural way when someone does you wrong. He's given you the power to respond in love.

Train yourself to respond God's way, and that which was meant to harm you will bring you great blessings in life. -Romans 8:28 Did you know that you can hurt God's feelings?

Ephesians 4:30 says, Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. We get our feelings hurt because we are human beings created in God's image. Know that the enemy will send people in your path to offend you and mistreat you because his intention is to steal the Word of God and the anointing out of your life. Don’t take offense when you are hurt, just laugh in the enemies face and turn that hurtful seed into love.

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”- Luke 6:27-30

Don’t wait for others to love you, give to you, be compassionate to you. Don’t wait for them to be grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly.

You make the choice to lead the way!