A couple of years ago, I received a venomous letter in the mail.
It was from a person who had been bitter towards me for many, many years. I hadn’t seen or heard from her for over three years, so I was really taken aback to read this disturbing letter.
She started out by saying, “After several years”, and then launched into her tirade.
The anger and resentment leapt off the pages and kicked me in the gut.
My first reaction was pity for her. I would not want to be living in her body with all that poison.
My second reaction was very un-Christian. I wanted to send her a “Get Well” card and tell her she had better find a good veterinarian because she was one sick puppy.
And then I prayed for her. And then I prayed for myself, that the poison in her soul wouldn’t touch my soul through her nasty thoughts and words.
And then as part of my devotions two days later, I read this in “In Tune With the Infinite” by Ralph Waldo Trine….if hatred should come from another, without apparent cause on your part, then meet it from first to last with thoughts of love and good will…in this way you can so neutralize its effects that it cannot reach you or harm you. And I said, Thank You God.
A few weeks earlier I had read in Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
And I thought, Lord, nobody has persecuted me because of you. Maybe I’m not doing a good enough job for you.
The letter, among other things, included this sentence, “You constantly preach the word of God but do not follow his words.”
Finally….I am being persecuted for His sake and I say, Amen to that.