Sometimes in our lives we are confronted with evil that is a result of not the individuals confronting us! It is the wave that travels through time and people from an evil that can be an individual or soulless organization that simply follows the example or rumors forward.
In life you will see when people hurt you and violate you then are more concerned with what you will do as a result instead of understanding the evil they had committed and asking for forgiveness.
As a Christian we learn it does not matter what others do! What matters is what we do! It is that for which we are judged.
There are two lessons that I am learning from this and possibly more.
The first is that as a Christian when confronted with an untruth or possible deception. Should you not correct it at once. That one untruth travels through time creating other untruths.
What I mean is if an untrue perception is not correct and permitted to exist. People take hold of it and form an opinion that sets them on a course to create an attitude about you that is positive or negative. When they are put in a situation in which they are making a judgment about you in the future. They will grab hold of the previous and add another that builds on the last!
So if they believe you are a type person who would do one thing. The next time they are confronted with having to make a call they will use the first as reference. The result will be accordingly and so on!
If the first is negative then you may become the target of these bad feelings and judgments even is the opposite is true. People seldom come and ask for truth when they have rumors to the contrary about you!
The second lesson is that when people form a negative opinion of you based upon lies that are spread. It is very difficult not to form a negative opinion of them and then hate them gor spreading those lies!
Doing as scripture dictates while being harshly judged by someone who themselves are not doing as scripture demands is a tough thing to swallow. Trying to remember that it is not their fault and that it is probably mine for not dealing with the root years ago that lead to the ideas now being displayed.
We as Christians must remember to love those who are hating us. Also that we as Christians must confront and correct untruth and deception when it first rises in front of us!
I wish I had understood the repercussions of not doing so when I was young! This is why it is important for people and churches to insure that the young have a better understanding of scripture when they must go out into the world.
Matthew 5:43-45 KJV
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, 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; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Romans 12:5-21 KJV
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”