Some days ago, I was in a tragic incident. I had been overly nice to some people who didn’t deserve it. I lent too much of my energy, and I gave too much of my resources. These same people whom I was too kind to turned around and hurt me. They spun a web of lies around my character that was very painful and embarrassing.
I learned the hard way never to have any dealings with these persons again. Yes, God commands us to forgive, and I did forgive from my heart – in that I will not seek revenge of myself, but leave it to the hands of God. At the same time, God doesn’t want us to be foolish and run back to the same thing that knocked us down.
It made me wonder why this had to happen to me. But then I remembered the story of the wart on my finger. It was a stubborn wart on my right index finger, which, after having been removed several times, kept reappearing.
One day, I soaked a mildly acidic substance in some cotton wool and strapped it unto the wart. I removed it the next morning. Through much pain and burning, the wart was gone for good. It took months and even years for the finger to heal, but the pain that the wart caused was no more. It was gone. Through much pain and burning, this bad spot of the skin had been removed.
And so too sometimes it is through much pain and suffering that God removes bad people from your life. For this, I understood, and I thanked God for removing these people from my life, lest something worst should happen. A few days after that horrible incident, I went to the supermarket to buy something, and I noticed a proverb pasted on the wall. It read, “Bad things open our eyes to things we weren’t paying attention. This too is a blessing from God.”
I counted my blessings and also learned to watch for red flags in relationships and people.
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