BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 259
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

GETTING EVEN!
Zachary and Nardia were upset! 
A family of kids at church, the Smith family, were being nasty to them. They had even said horrible things about the twins parents! “I reckon that that Mr and Mrs Smith are saying those things about Mum and Dad, and the kids are repeating what they heard from them!” said Zach angrily. The thing was that the whole church was listening to the Smiths, and the twins’ family felt awful. The Smiths had found out that Dad had once belonged to a group which taught “Theo-sophy” - but that was when he was young. He knew better now. But the Smiths kept whispering about it all, behind his back. Saying he still belonged to that group, and believed what they taught.

“You are a family of a herrri-um-tic, a heretic, that’s what my Dad says, “
yelled Dick Smith outside the church one Sunday.
“I hate that Dick Smith, “said Zach. And Nardia agreed with him.

Mum and Dad knew about the gossip that was going on. They said the only thing to do was trust the Lord with it.
“But we should get up in church, all of us, and tell everyone that the Smith family are liars! And- and- never speak to them again!” growled Nardia.
She was so cross, because it wasn’t fair. Her poor Dad loved the Lord so much, and knew all sorts of wonderful things about what the Bible teaches, as much even as the Pastor knew. But the twins held their tongues while Mum and Dad took the whole problem to the Lord.
“We have hurt feelings, Lord. Please wash away all those hurts, and fill us with love. We can’t do anything about this gossip, but You can. We don’t want to defend ourselves, we want You to do it for us. Wash away all bitter-ness from our hearts. We do not want to have any re-sent-ment against anyone. Amen.”
Zach and Nardia felt very wrong about their hatred for Dick Smith after that prayer. And told God they were sorry.

Next Sunday Dad went out of his way to be nice to Mr Smith. He spoke to him kindly at the door of the church, and the twin’s family sat right behind them in church.   Mum spoke to Mrs Smith, and gave her a rose cutting from their garden. The Smiths all had very red faces! The Pastor had asked Dad to give the Bible reading from the pulpit, and Dad did it with a smile, and held his head up high. Just the godly way he acted showed people that the rumours were false. And God gave a lovely victory over evil. The Smiths said they were sorry, and even got up and said sorry to every one at morning coffee. God wants us to over come evil with good, not get even!

“ Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” ( Romans 12:21).

When we keep on giving good acts and words to those who are mean and nasty to us, the Bible says we “heap coals of fire” on their heads. Here it is from the Bible:

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves [ don’t try to get even ],
but rather give place unto wrath: [ let God’s anger have its place ]
for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. [ I will handle your problems and enemies for you ]
 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: [ do good things to those who are acting like your enemies ]
 for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. “

“Coals of fire” mean that your goodness will make the enemy feel really bad,  he or she will feel rotten! And that can make him or her repent  [ change their minds before God ] about their nastiness.

Well, lambs, I do hope and pray that you will be good to your enemies. That you will always be a person that over comes evil with good. Bye now!

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