DO Something When You Are Maligned

DO Something When You Are Maligned

When stressed through the ill-will or stinging insults and persistent opposition by someone who wants to cause you trouble, we know there is something to think. We are to think the truth about God and ourselves. We don’t take their evaluation as true, but only God’s. Also, we are to think of God’s loving and purposeful sovereignty over his children, meaning that difficulties can bring about good results in character and progress for the gospel.

But there is also something to DO. As you feel weakened by the bitterness of others, you will be glad for something to do that makes a difference in both you and, potentially, in your opposer. Obviously, there are situations that demand leaving the conflict or getting help from counselors. But at other times the hatred of others is unavoidable and chronic.

Jesus expressed these positive actions in Luke 6:27-38. Meditate on them:

“Love your enemies”

“Do good to those who hate you”

“Bless those who curse you”

“Pray for those who mistreat you”

“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also”

“And whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either”

“Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back”

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you”

“Love your enemies, and do good”

“Lend, expecting nothing in return”

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”

“Do not judge”

“Do not condemn”



The actions of the believer in Christ toward his or her enemies is entirely countercultural. It reflects the way God has treated you. And it is a powerful antidote to bitterness. It will either turn the heart of your enemy, or become the basis of God’s perfect and just judgment on them.

Your job is to love, not bite.