I remember sitting at my friend’s house when I was about 8 years old, looking at the new Bible she had received. King James Version? I thought. Isn’t it just the Bible? Of course, I had my own Bible. It was also the KJV, but I guess …
I have been hurt. You have been hurt. We’ve all been hurt. But how do you respond to hurt in a Christian way?
If you identify as a Christian, you believe in the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. One of the verses I always associate with Jesus is this one:Matthew 5:38-40 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.”
I love this scripture, and try to live by it. But until recently, just focusing on this one section gave me a rather skewed image of Jesus.
During my Lent studies of Jesus, this scripture really changed that image:Matthew 21: 12-13 “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
Now, Jesus had very good reason to be turning over tables at the Temple – the sellers’ and money changers’ tables were blocking Gentiles from being able to pray.
But all too often before I delved into that scripture, I considered Jesus to be mostly meek and humble. While those characteristics are true of Jesus, He was also very strong. He stood up for what was right and justly. The verses from Matthew 21 are proof of that.
And since I receive all of my power from Jesus, that means I can be strong, too. And so can you.
Just because we are Christians, it does not mean we can’t stand up for ourselves, others, and what is right. There are good and bad ways to do it, yes, but it is possible.
If you have been hurt, you can share your story.
The truth is, I can’t create all the content for Devotional Diva. Nor do I want to! Devotional Diva should be about many women sharing their stories.
You can stand up for yourself, heal yourself from this hurt and pain, and help others in the process.
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