I am blessed with four amazing children. I also have two precious nieces and five sweet nephews that are like my own children. I love all them dearly. I may have given life to four children, but I love and claim eleven and would lay my life down for each of them.
This week I had my feelings hurt. Someone did something that I did not think was right and hurt not only me, but other members of my family as well. I don't like it when someone comes between me and one of my eleven kids. Or hurts one of my eleven.
I was angry. I was hurt. I desperately wanted to lash out. I felt I had every right to be harsh. Someone hurt my family.
That's when God reminded me:
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
My mom always told us that it was not wrong to be angry. She even told me as a little girl that I could be angry at her. It's what I did with the anger that matter. Had I used my anger this week to lash out and hurt others, the problem would have escalated into something far worse. Instead, by giving it to God, filling up with His joy and using gentle words, I was able to obey Him and not add to the problem.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
When someone does us wrong, it is hard to remain calm, forgive and be gentle towards them. But that is exactly what God wants. Lean on Him and fill up with His joy and compassion. When your feelings are hurt, be gentle.