Faith & Forgiveness

Forgiveness is this week’s Tuesday @ 10 theme…and Keep is this week’s 5 Minute Friday theme.

Both are hitting close to home today.

Back in December I touched on an incident at work, a complaint about me. Well, that complainant did go to corporate, who sent it back to my manager. My manager investigated, and found all the facts and they showed that the woman was embellishing extremely, pretty much bending the truth into a lie…About my work behavior. And, so, my manager emailed the DM letting him know the situation and problem dropped, right?

No. No it wasn’t.

Now, 2 months later, it’s back. The woman’s husband is involved, a man I’ve never met, and apparently I am now being accused of being racist… I did my job. Properly. The evidence & facts are there that support that I was doing my job according to company procedure & policy. On my side, race never even was an issue, I didn’t even imagine that it could have been.

Upon learning this news, I am having a hard time forgiving this woman who I’ve only met twice, and a man I’ve never met.

I am having trouble letting go of my anger at their false accusations, and forgiving them for their words & the fear that accompany them.

And, as I wrote before, I again find myself afraid: for my job, and more, my reputation & my good name.

And what’s worse & even more frustrating, I don’t understand why they feel the need to be doing this.

Which brings me to Keep…

I am having such a hard time turning off the fear; and trusting God to keep me: safe, secure, free from harm.

And, heres why, (let’s be honest):

Job wasn’t spared

Ezekiel’s wife was taken

Jeremiah spent 50 years being persecuted, humiliated, and more

Stephen, Peter, Paul: martyred

even Christ was crucified.

Now, I realize that some of these were restored here in this life, but, after much suffering. Honestly, I don’t really have the stomach for that, and I have been more fair-weather in my relationship with God at times than these.

Yet, I know His promise of hope & restoration is for me, today. So, why am I having such a hard time trusting that He will keep me, that He will come to my aid?

Why is the enemy’s lie of fear so much easier for me?

And, how selfish that my biggest worry is how will look if this goes any further, rather than being concerned of how I can continue to show His love & glory through this?

Because, my current struggle with this fear & unforgiving spirit can’t be bringing much glory to the name of Christ.

But, I’m trying…to let it go. To trust. To forgive.

This is going to take time.

And, perhaps, memorizing these verses for peace and wisdom to keep as much peace as possible:

“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge Beloved , but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “vengeance is mine, I will repay” says the lord.
Romans 12:17-19

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2 thoughts on “Faith & Forgiveness

  1. Visiting from #FMF. Praying for you before I even comment…..As we have been going through the books of Acts in our church recently, the elders on several occasions have tried to drive home the point that we can be kept in perfect peace in Christ, because He will give us all we need to say and do in times of persecution.

    When we start to worry about what may come… that our fate may be that of Stephen’s, Job’s, or Peter’s then we are choosing to take on something that He has not called us to.

    In your hard circumstances, He is still there and very present. He may use this to refine you and drive you further into His arms. But He will be faithful. He will give you the words you need and the strength to stand. Trust Him. He is able.

    From a song playing in my kids room as they sleep just now: You are tenderly held in His hand and He will keep you in perfect peace, if you keep your eyes on Him.

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