What do you do when someone you love hurts you?
In Roman 8:28 Paul reminds us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose”. This give us hope that no matter what we may have done or what’s been done to us God’s still rewriting our story. He’s even rewriting the story of the person who hurt us.
In life and in the Bible there are countless examples of redemption stories. People who turned it around.
In life, did you know Albert Einstein, a bona fide genius had a terrible reputation as a student, skipped classes and his professors never took him seriously? His dad died believing his son was a complete failure. Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale twice. Thomas Edison was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive. Steven Spielberg’s was kicked out of USC three times. Steve Jobs dropped out of college after one semester. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper in Missouri for not being creative enough.
In scripture, King David, one of the Bible’s most important figures, a hero to the faith had a man murdered so he could have his wife. Did this define him? No. Yet, the Bible goes on to describe him as a man after God’s own heart.
Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus made it his business to persecute Christians. He terrorized the early church. Yet he went on to become a believer who wrote 13 books in the New Testament. A life surrender to God.
Even Peter, Jesus’s friend and confidant denied Jesus 3 times in order to save his own life. Yet Jesus gave him a ministry. He lead the disciples and was the first to evangelize, leading 3,000 to salvation.
It’s liberating to know our failures do not define us. It doesn’t get the last word because God is the master planner and his plan far out reaches what our eyes can see. We all have a redemption story and some of them are still to be written.
In 2 chronicles it says “be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded”.
Know your circle. Set personal boundaries around your heart and your family like property lines around your home. But most importantly pray and don’t throw in the towel. Trust Jesus to work things out for the good of those who love Him.