Written by Dene Nidiffer
I’d venture to guess we have all heard or said or thought about the old saying…
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Its meaning is:
You should not criticize other people for having the same faults that you yourself have.
I’ve had the occasion recently to witness stones (really big and heavy stones) being thrown at my very best friend. I have to tell you it made me furious! It hurt me physically! I was angrier than I have been in a very long time and it wasted some pretty intense energy that would have been better served on something productive. The trespass my friend endured was personal to me. (How many times must I let myself continue spinning in this distraction instead of turning to God?) I can only imagine how my best friend must have been feeling!
I know conflicts happen. It inevitably happens to those in leadership roles. It’s the old cliché that you will never make everyone happy no matter how hard you try. Consequently, people throw stones.
Luckily, today I am to the point where now all I want to do is pray for those who threw the stones. A few of them are Christians and I know in my heart that they are no different than me when I reacted so furiously to their accusations and assumptions.
The good news is that without God’s nudging, I would never have been able to get to the point of wanting to pray for those stone throwers.
I am so grateful for His love and guidance.
The next phase of this situation… Will I move into the mode of forgiveness for those stone throwers? Am I expected to? Am I called to? We know the answer don’t we?
The answer is YES!
I won’t allow the bitterness to negate any reward that God provides me! Scripture tells us much about forgiveness:
Matt 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Heb 12:14–15 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
2 John 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.
Matt 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
I pray that God will soften the hearts of these stone throwers and soften my heart in the future so that the bitterness won’t even enter my heart in the future.
Don’t let bitterness negate God’s rewards for you!