Staying true while being misunderstood

There is no doubt that at some point in your life, you’ve been misunderstood by others.  I want to encourage you today with a message from Streams in the Desert written by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman.  This book was written in 1925 and a copy sits on our bookshelf  that was given to my mother in 1959 when she was 15 years old.  The following words still ring true today.

October 6

“He did not open his mouth.”  (Isaiah 53:7)

What grace it requires when we are misunderstood yet handle it correctly, or when we are judged unkindly yet receive it in holy sweetness! Nothing tests our character as a Christian more than having something evil said about us. This kind of grinding test is what exposes whether we are solid gold or simply gold-plated metal. If we could only see the blessings that lie hidden in our trials, we would say like David, when Shimei cursed him, “Let him curse. . . . It may be that the LORD will . . . repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today” (2 Sam 16:11–12).

Some Christians are easily turned away from the greatness of their life’s calling by pursuing instead their own grievances and enemies. They ultimately turn their lives into one petty whirlwind of warfare. It reminds me of trying to deal with a hornet’s nest. You may be able to disperse the hornets, but you will probably be terribly stung and receive nothing for your pain, for even their honey has no value.

May God grant us more of the Spirit of Christ, who,”when they hurled their insults at him, . . . did not retaliate. . . . Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:3). A. B. Simpson

For you He walked along the path of woe,
He was sharply struck with His head bent low.
He knew the deepest sorrow, pain, and grief,
He knew long endurance with no relief,
He took all the bitter from death’s deep cup,
He kept no blood drops but gave them all up.
Yes, for you, and for me, He won the fight
To take us to glory and realms of light.

L. S. P.

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2 Responses to “Staying true while being misunderstood”

  1. You are amazing! You have been verbally abused, mistreated, and yet, you exemplfy our Lord in your quiet strength and love…I pray that God will hold you tightly as you live for Him…thanks…

  2. Thank you for encouraging me to read this Pastor Dave.

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