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How to Handle Hurts

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you" - I Peter 4:12

I. Consider the Source
"Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings" (I Peter 4:13).
Consider the source of offences. Some hurt others because of ignorance or frustrations - possibly originating in an unfortunate childhood. Others deliberately and maliciously injure others because of satanic dominion in their lives. Consider your source - God is the Christian's fountain of strength. Understanding and compassion will often heal your hurt. Pray earnestly for and forgive your offender.

II. Consider the Spirit
"If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye...he is glorified" (I Peter 4:14)."
Consider the spirit of those who hurt you. Many hurt others unintentionally, unaware of the impact of their words or actions. Contrarily - some try to lift their self-esteem by putting another down, or hurt to get even. Consider your spirit. Always give others the benefit of the doubt. If someone hurts you without intent and awareness -- then quickly forgive them and forget it. If the injury was deliberate -- pray for your offender. Forgive them. Love them. Remember -- it is their problem; don't make it yours! Keep a sweet spirit - God's Holy Spirit. Also - you might want to remember that: Hurt people -- hurt people!

III. Consider the Solace
"If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed...glorify God" (I Peter 4:16).
There is no solace from God for those who deliberately and maliciously injure His children. He will make recompense. Consider your solace: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). Continue to love, forgive, and pray for those who despitefully use you. God is your solace, and you are more than conquerors through Him. "Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you" (I Peter 5:7).