“It’s Your Fault”

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grevious words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 King James Version

Have you ever said “it’s your fault” to someone? I am ashamed to admit it but I have many times. I’m sure you know what happened when I made that statement to the person. It was like putting more coal on a burning fire. The flames of anger, denial and criticism flared up in the person. Instead of helping the situation, I made it worse. It may not have been my fault that the person was upset but it was my fault that I didn’t put out the fire by apologizing to the person.

If ever someone had a right to say to us “it’s your fault”, it’s Jesus. Where would we be today if Jesus had refused to go to the cross and die for our sins? What if He had said to us “it’s your fault”? We would be on our way to hell for all eternity. Thank God for a compassionate forgiving Saviour who loves us unconditionally. I am so thankful that Jesus loves me so much that He took all of my sins on Him and died for me so that I could be saved and live with Him for all eternity.

There is no one like Jesus! No one loves us like He loves us. He sees into the corners of our hearts where we hide things from our families and our friends. He sees the terror, the grief, the loneliness, the desperation and the fears we have hidden in our hearts and His loving compassionate heart is touched. He feels our pain and He hurts for us. Thank You, Jesus, for comforting and encouraging us when it feels like we can’t take another step or give another smile. Thank You that You are there for us in the bad times as well as in the good times.

The next time someone hurts us instead of saying “it’s your fault” to the person let’s swallow our pride and say to the person “I’m sorry that I hurt you”. We may think that we didn’t do anything but the person thinks that we did and the person is upset and hurt so we should apologize. Instead of heaping coals on the fire, let’s put the fire out by loving people unconditionally.

We need to react with love and kindness when they say things and do things to hurt us. It’s impossible for us to do this in our own strength. We must ask Jesus to love through us. Father, please help us to respond with kindness and love even if we feel that it’s not our fault because we didn’t do anything. May we be children that will make You happy. Amen.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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