I feel this post is appropriate follow up not only to my previous post, but also to the situation I currently find myself in.
In case you have missed my updates, Facebook decided to remove me from their forum after I published a post on Judging that went viral. Within 7 hours it had over 3000 views and hundreds of shares. Two hours later, I was reported as abusive, for dangerous content and as a fake profile. This was not my blog page that is public that is reported, but my personal, private page.
So how are Christians told to react to something like this? How should we, as ladies, conduct ourselves when our hearts are hurt by a perceived injustice?
God is very clear in James 5 what His expectations are for us. First in James 5:7-11
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient.Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
He tells us to be patient in our suffering that He will not only care for our hearts, but judge those who have judged us (remember that passage about being careful about judging others for you will be judged by the same measure?).
Then in James 5:13 He tells us what action to take:
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
So simple and yet so easily forgotten.
Pray! and then pray some more.
In verse 16 we are given a promise:
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
A prayer of a Christian who’s heart is steadfast in God has great power, it creates work. God hears us when we cry out to Him and He will answer–maybe not how we would desire, but He always answers. Listen and look for His response!
It is not a matter of if we will be judged, but when:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
We know this and must prepare our hearts, souls and minds for it.
Do not give in to the negativity, do not allow it to steal any moment from you!
Turn to God in prayer. Ask Him to protect you, to shield you from this attack. Ask Him to help you see the good in it.
Our God is good and He will see you through this trial.