When You Have So Many Reasons To Hate


During my time off work, I have spent my days with my devotion and as I’ve heard the preaching earlier too about the power of Jesus and His love for us, it made me realize a lot of things. 

We have a lot of excuses in this world to feel negative. We have a lot of excuses when we don’t want to let go of those negative feelings and hold on to our anger and pain. Too many reasons like they deserve your anger because they have a very bad attitude, they are selfish, they have inflicted pain on you, they have a lot of boo-boo’s, etc. We hold on to our anger that everytime we see them or we think about them, we can’t stop ourselves from being angry. But everything we felt, Jesus felt it too. Betrayal, pain, suffering, shame, etc. What He felt was a lot harder than we have felt but He did not turn His back and thought about not dying on the cross for us. When I heard the message, I felt guilty and ashamed. Jesus has experienced all those sufferings and pains and He was willing to do it for me yet I live my life like I am living for myself and not for Him. Moreover, if I make my heart my own master, I may get lost because the heart is deceitful but the Lord Jesus Christ is always faithful. He is always there even at times that we feel so alone. 

Letting go of anger and resentment is more of being kind to yourself because you don’t want to be full of negative emotions that would disturb you greatly and would hinder you from being happy. Forgiveness and letting go is an act of being kind to yourself so that you can live peacefully. Never let someone affect you from being happy. A tiger doesn’t lose it’s sleep over the opinion of a sheep. It doesn’t matter what others would say, what matters is what Jesus will say. He had written your life story before you were born. He had promised to prosper you and give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Some may have meant evil for you but He meant everything that’s happening to you for your good. Trust His heart. Trust His purpose and trust His timing. Rejoice in the Lord always for everything that you are experiencing are part of His plan for your life. If Joseph wasn’t sold by his siblings, he won’t become the right hand of the king of Egypt. In the end, God’s purpose and plan will always prevail. 

When Everything Seems Wrong

One day there was a king who got his finger wounded while he was out in the forest with his private doctor. The doctor has put a bandage on it and then the king asked the doctor, “Is it going to be okay?” The doctor replied, “Good, bad… who knows?” In the next few days, it became infected. The king asked the doctor again, “Is it going to be okay?” The doctor replied, “Good, bad.. who knows?” After a few weeks, the wound became more infected and the king’s finger has to be amputated. The king got angry at the doctor and he had put him in the dungeon. One day, the king went out again to the forest and he was trapped by a tribe. They tied him on a tree and started doing their ritual as they were about to sacrifice the king to their God. But when they were about to kill him, someone shouted… “Stop! We cannot sacrifice him to our God. He is not perfect. He only got nine fingers.” They had let go of the king and when the king went back to their kingdom, he let his doctor out of the dungeon and said, “Forgive me. I shouldn’t have became angry at you. If my finger hasn’t been amputated, I should have been dead by now.” The doctor replied with joy, “No, don’t be sorry. I am actually happy and blessed that you have put me in this dungeon. Because if you did not put me here, I would have gone to the forest with you and they might have killed me as a sacrifice to their God because I got ten fingers.”

Many times, we always blame someone else whenever we get hurt. We ask God why it has to happen to us even though we don’t deserve it. But God knows what He is doing. In Jeremiah 1:5 Jesus said  that He has written our life story long before we were born. Even if it is unexpected to us, it has never been unexpected to Him. As cliche’ as it sounds, everything happens for a reason. It is not because you are stupid and you make bad decisions in life. No matter how much you overthink before making a decision, you will still be put on a very hard situation. Whoever tells you that your decisions are the reasons why you are down in the dumps, never believe their words. The truth is, people who are good at telling nasty things to someone and those who are good at being mean are the people who are not happy in their current state that they want others to experience it as well. Those people who always put the blame to someone else and are not able to see their flaws are the people who will find it hard to grow maturely because they think highly of themselves. Don’t be like them. Whatever happens to your life, never put the blame to someone else. The truth is, unpleasant things happen because God is preparing your heart. God knows that you have to undergo those kind of circumstances for you to become who He wants you to be. We are all a work in progress. We just have to trust God’s plan for our life. Everything is beautiful in God’s perfect time.