I was reading a blog, somewhere, and this person was talking about how we’re to handle unjust situations as Christians. He basically asked, are we going to respond like Christ with kindness and pray for them or are we going to fight back with a vengeance? Of course I knew the answer to this – we respond like Christ and pray for them. Easy!… Next!
But then I started examining myself and asking why I’ve been turning the other cheek in situations that anger me and I found that it was not because it was the Christian thing to do. It was not because my heart ached for that person and I understood that he/she does not know what they do. It was because I didn’t know how to deal with that person without getting out of the will of the Father. Talk about a selfish motive, even while obeying Christ!
After realizing my motive for what I was doing, I realized that there is a difference. One comes from a heart of Christ, and the other comes from the selfish flesh. So how can this be fixed? How was Corrie Ten Boom able to quietly endure the horrors of the Nazis? How was Jesus able to pray for His attackers while dying on the cross? Where was the anger? I know I’m not the only one. There’s been a lot of situations where I’ve actually done the right thing but I’ve deceived myself into thinking it was from a pure heart.
Does anyone else know what I’m talking about? If so, please tell me about it so I don’t feel like I’m the most evil person on the planet.