You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

By Lynda Vitale

You are fired.  I didn’t know what to say.  My boss said he was firing me because the office manager had made claims against me that justified firing me.  I tried to deny her charges but he wouldn’t believe me.  I was shocked because I knew I hadn’t done what I was accused of.  In unloading to a neighbor, she reminded me to pray for “them that spitefully use” me.  I tried to pray for them, but it was hard.  About two weeks later my former boss called and offered me my job back.  He had found out I was telling the truth and wanted to make amends.  I turned him down because I had already found a better paying job.

Fast forward 5 years.  I had moved up in my new job and found myself shocked when personnel gave me a list of new, seasonal employees who would be starting on Monday.  And guess what! The woman who caused me to be fired was on the list.  Once again, I fell back on prayer to help me face this new challenge and decided to “do good” to someone who mistreated me.  When Monday came, I greeted each of the new employees and gave no indication I even recognized her, though her face showed her surprise.  Thanks to prayer I was able to treat her like the other new hires and to get through the next few months without “getting even”.

God is always there to listen to our concerns and help us make the best of a difficult situation.  When you find yourself in a spot where you must make a decision on a plan of action, remember God is there to listen and help you decide what is best.