I have a heavy heart today because like all mothers; I would like to keep the trials of this world away from my sons but as we all know, this is impossible. When a person attacks your own, you want to attack them too. It's part of human nature. But are we right to go at someone in anger?
We are never right to do anything in anger. The Bible is clear on that. God is slow to anger and I thank Him repeatedly and work very hard to do the same. I am approaching a very difficult time in my son's journey and I need to protect him. In some ways I feel as though my husband and I let an adult verbally abuse him and we stood by and told him that he had to take it.
We never have to take abuse. Abuse is power. And most people don't handle power over others well. It's a way for them to control the weak and defenseless and we have an obligation to protect the weak. With that being said, I have had several days to pray about how to handle a very delicate situation concerning an adult and my son. If you are reading this, please pray that I handle this situation with wisdom and with God's grace.
My main concern is for my son and a friend of his. I want the abuse to stop and I am praying that how my husband and I handle the situation will help to correct the situation. My mind has gone in a thousand different directions and I finally have come to the conclusion that I must forgive and leave my anger behind. Why? Because that's what I get every day from Christ. He forgives me even when I fail Him and I must show the same kind of compassion and grace towards my fellow man, even if I believe them to be wrong.
Forgiveness is a big part of our overall maturity. When we are able to forgive, we can receive grace. If we hold that bitterness in our hearts, the light of Christ will not be able to penetrate our hearts. I want to always be able to forgive and have grace. So, today as I go to meet with the administration of my son's school, I hope that I will approach this situation fairly and amicably. All I want is that my son be left alone. I realize I can't control the situation but I can speak out for the weak and hopefully, every one in this situation will be better for the experience.
It's not easy to stand up for what you believe in. And it's definitely not easy to face hard situations. But in the end, when I look at all the hardships I have faced, I have become a better person because of them. I hope that today I show my son that love means standing up for the weak. I hope he will remember this trial and it will remind him that we must have forgiveness and grace. But mostly, I hope that he feels protected by his Father. For God goes before us. Vengeance is not ours; its Gods. So if your dealing with a great hurt, facing a person you consider your enemy, or facing a difficult confrontation, remember that God will take care of it for you. Conduct yourself with love and let God take care of the rest.
Psalm 145:8 NKJV:
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.
Proverbs 19 NKJV:
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
My prayer today:
Lord, please go before us. Be our strength in trials, hurts and confrontations. Provide the love and grace we need for our fellow man and help us lift them up in prayer. Place on our hearts the need to forgive so, that we may be forgiven. We owe You so much. I am extremely grateful that You are slow to anger and that You fight for the weak. We need to always remember that You have grace and we did nothing for it. Personally, I pray that I would handle this situation with poise, dignity, grace, and love. If I could ask one thing, it would be that You would help women release their anger and unite women all over the world to pray for one another. Please forgive us for our sins and make us Yours. In Jesus Name, AMEN