WHEN OTHERS DO US WRONG
WHEN OTHERS DO US WRONG
The rich man didn’t go to hell for treating Lazarus like he did, he went to hell because he didn’t accept the relationship with the Lord that we all need to be saved.
His actions (or lack of actions) were the symptoms, not the cause, of his eternity of torture.
We would like to think that God would punish other people for not treating us right, but that is idolizing ourselves. God is not about making our lives good. He is about developing a loving Lordship and brotherhood relationship with each person.
If someone wrongs us, its that person’s relationship to the Lord that is failing, not their relationship to us, and their eternity will depend upon that relationship to the Lord.
Our consequences, because of that person’s actions are just symptoms of their wrong attitude to Him. We were in the way to receive the negative windfall from their actions.
We are not responsible for anyone else’s relationship to the Lord, only our own.
Jesus told His disciples in John 21:22 “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”
Our job is our relationship to Our Lord and that included times when others do us wrong.
Jesus said to forgive “seventy times seven” and to pray for those who despitefully use us. (Luke 6:28)
These things are impossible to the natural mind, but the Lord will help us to do them as he shows us this life through the eyes of eternity.
But, we must be careful, when we leave these people at the alter of the Lord, that we don’t have a sub-surface vindictive attitude, as in, “God will ‘get’ them!.” The fact is, God probably won’t “get them”. He will only deal with what affects them and Him, the rest will dissolve into eternity and disappear like everything in this life except what is involved in our relationship to the Lord.
Salvation through Jesus Christ is like a man on death row, (which is where we all were spiritually before we were saved through Jesus Christ). The warden comes and opens the cell door, telling the prisoner that he is free, because another man has taken his place at the execution.
The inmate has two choices: walk out the door and be free, with gratitude in his heart to the One who took his place in death, or stay and face the conseqences of his deeds in life.
The substitution has already taken place. The other man has been executed, and the law fulfilled for the crime. The punishment has been doled out and the case is closed.
The question is: will that execution do any good for the man in the cell? Will he take the free gift of freedom, rejoicing, and living for the man who did this wondrous deed for him, or will he stay, and face the scheduled execution for his crime, even though it is not necessary?
You and I are in the same situation: What choice will you make?