JESUS HAS THE ANSWER
Dear child, imagine you’re being held in the jaws of an alligator. The beast has his enormous jaws clamped lightly around your torso. With every passing day, that malicious mouth clamps just a little bit tighter. You look ahead and see a long, tortured future that will end in a painful death.
Now imagine that an animal lover happens upon you and offers you a way out: He will arrange for your safe release just so long as you allow the gator to retreat in peace. Would you refuse, thinking, No, I’d rather remain here stuck in the creature’s jaws. Of course not. Who cares what happens to the gator? What matters is your freedom.
So it is with your heart: Keeping your heart clean of malice toward others liberates you to live eternally in
Me. The fate of the one who hurts you is not your concern: Your focus should be on your own freedom rather than the consequences that are meted out to others.
So, yes, you must find a way to flush any bitterness from your heart toward the one who insults you. But that does not mean you are obligated to suffer harm at the hands of others. By spending time in communion with Me, you develop a divine armor. As our relationship deepens, your priorities will shift in such a way that the insults of others will seem like so many flies easily swatted away. They will no longer be able to touch your heart.
“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” —Jesus to the disciples,