Don’t let people pull you into their mess. During one of my bizarre days as a principal, a student purposefully set another student’s hair on fire (no real damage). The long list of officials that must be contacted, along with all the detailed documents that must be completed when a student sets another student’s hair on fire is more than a notion. If I had accidentally overlooked or mishandled any reporting, the tables would have shifted—I would have been the one in trouble (go figure that). My motto was:
I won’t be pulled into your mess!
I use that same philosophy when a person does me wrong. If I retaliate with vengeance, instead of turning it over to God (Romans 12:19), then I’m just as guilty. No thanks! They have to drink from that cup—alone.
You can’t waddle around in the mud and not get dirty.
It’s not always easy to step aside and like God supervise the situation. However, if we look at it as testing our spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) then we can approach it from a spiritual standpoint, and get our fleshy emotions out of the way.
Tests that lead to promotion are not easy.
God knows the wrong that has been done, and He knows the perfect way that it should be handled. The battles that we face our complicated; tangled-up in a long history that we know nothing about. God know the whole story, therefore, He’s interested in all sides of the matter.
When we value our relationship with our heavenly Father more than trying to get even with someone, is a form of worship. It honors Him when we can put our faith in Him to do what’s best. Remember, the enemy’s job is to sever our relationship with God.
Don’t let him pull you off course.
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