After another visit, I decided I couldn’t stand this person any longer. Their attitude frustrated me to no end. No matter what I did, this person was bent on rejecting me.
I stood in my living room, too upset to sit down.
I told the Lord how mean this person was. Every time I saw them, they made me miserable. I began to complain about every fault I saw in them. I felt justified in my anger, pointing out all their sins to God.
In the midst of my complaining, a scripture floated across my mind.
“If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life” (1 John 5:16A NLT).
I sat down, convicted.
How many times have we complained about someone, seeing them as an obstacle to happiness, when God sees us as a gateway to their healing?
I did pray. It was hard, especially when they treated me badly. I wanted to scream, “Don’t you know I’m praying for you?!”
But I didn’t. Instead, I prayed in secret (Matthew 6:6).
It took some time, but little by little, their heart changed.
What will you do next time someone mistreats you?
Will you complain about them to everyone you know; or will you begin to pray?
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1 NKJV).