Why Would God Do This?

We who are born again are told that nothing can touch us unless God causes it or allows it. If so, why do we have bad experiences? For example: why is someone allowed to hurt us or offend us? It may be that someone whom we trust betrays that trust. Someone may lie about us, slander us, backbite us, say something hurtful to us, steal from us, etc. the normal human reaction is: “They will pay for this!” However, God says we are to forgive. “You are kidding, right?” Wrong! “After what they did to me, I’m supposed to forgive? Why would God allow this to happen to us? First, if anyone hurts or offends us, that person has just become our mission field. We are to pray that God will work in them to make them what they should be. Second, God is far more concerned with our response to problems than He is concerned about our problems. Yes, He is concerned about our problems because He loves us. However, our response should be like His. Jesus said, “….Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Now here’s the “kicker!” We have hurt and offended God. We have betrayed Him, said false things about Him, slandered Him, stolen from Him, said hurtful things to Him, etc. And He forgave us and forgives us! Ephesians 4:32 tells why we are to forgive: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Our prayer, our plea, should echo that of Thomas O. Chisholm in the second stanza of his hymn, “O to Be Like Thee!” He pled, “O to be like Thee! full of compassion, loving, forgiving, tender and kind; helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, seeking the wandering sinner to find. O to be like Thee! O to be like thee, blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art! Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness — stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.” Selah! An offender has to earn our trust; our forgiveness is to be freely given.   Ron

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One thought on “Why Would God Do This?

  1. Forgiving those who have wronged us and others is a not handled in our flesh – but only as we allow our Lord to work His forgiving spirit through us. In her testimony of meeting up with a man who was basically responsible for her sister’s death and caused much suffering for her – was able in the strength of her Lord to forgive him. That takes the Grace of God.

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