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Have you been treated badly

'The ancient prophets were treated that way too.' Luke 6:23 TLB

When you've been treated badly, always ask yourself, 'What can I learn from this experience? How do I respond in a more Christlike manner? Am I willing to acknowledge my mistakes? How can I grow wiser and handle similar experiences better in the future?'

When all is said and done, the answer to misunderstanding is forgiveness. Now, forgiveness doesn't mean you necessarily agree with or want a close relationship with the person who mistreated you. But it does mean that you let it go. When you bury the hatchet, don't leave the handle sticking up! In other words, don't just forgive - choose to forget! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'To be great is to be misunderstood.' And here's an even better statement: 'To be greater is to forgive the one who has treated you badly.'

Paul refers to the Christian life as 'the upward call of God' (Philippians 3:14 ESV). So take the upper road! What does that road look like? Jesus tells us: 'Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in Heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets' (Luke 6:22-23 NIV). By living this way, you also take back your power by refusing to let another person dictate your mood and your outlook, and you keep your joy.

Soulfood: 2 Ki 24-25 Mark 14:12-26 Ps 73:17-28 Pro 13:20,

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