Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
There was a season in the Palin world when a strange author moved in right next door. He was a pretty famous guy in the book world, so people paid attention when he announced he’d moved all the way form New York to write a book about us. This wasn’t a shining season. Todd had to build a huge fence to separate the guy from practically being able to touch the kids when they played in the yard. It worked. Todd’s fence was more effective than our country’s nonexistent one along the border. But then the new neighbor resorted to standing high on his porch with binoculars to see what he could see. Thank God it only lasted a year and a half; then I could finally open my west-facing curtains again. His mission to “keep an eye on us” was complete for his hit-job book.
He was out for himself.
Everyone seems basically out for themselves. In my line of work I see it every day. If you don’t agree with someone’s view, they often pull out all the stops to condemn you. It’s brutal! I know it’s hard to understand the concept of forgiving someone who doesn’t want it, because they’d just as soon double up their efforts to insult.
I admit it: sometimes, my first reaction is retaliation. But we’re told to forgive. Even further, the Bible says to help our enemies! God tells us that vengeance is His, not ours. We need to leave that to God, because He is the true and final judge.
Sweet Freedom in Action
If someone is trying to destroy your reputation today, force yourself to let go of what you can’t control, which is what other people say and think about you. God’s got this covered in the fullness of His time. Our role is to “kill them with kindness,” as the old saying goes. I’ll take that.
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