Dealing with Haters (Without Catching a Case)

Psalm 41: 6- 13
My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish? “Whenever one comes
to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it abroad. All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,A vile disease has beset him; he will never get up from the place where he lies. Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. But you LORD, have mercy on me; raise me up, that I may repay them. I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Have you ever had someone who is supposed to be close to you speak ill over your life, and watch them feel comfortable saying so cause they “know” you? You, in all tenses – they make assumptions and presumptions about what your life has been and will be. This happened to me over the holidays and I was triggered into a place I hadn’t been in years (see my last post). Now that I have time to come up for air, I have this open declaration to make to myself, and to you.
Don’t allow those who were once obstacles in your way, measure how far you have gotten.

Whether it be a relative, an ex, a former friend or an employer – if you have moved on from their presence, consider it a move ahead. It may not feel that way because of where they rested in your life when they were there at first. The text above says You have mercy on me, RAISE ME UP, that I may repay them. This isn’t a literal repayment even if slapping someone sounds appealing in the moment. It’s the opportunity to wake up each day and become the person God wants You to be in the face of those who cursed you. What better testimony is there is to listen to curses on your life and stand up to be blessed anyway by the Source of all blessings?

You won’t have the capacity to curse them when you are filled with blessings. If they had allowed God to raise them up, they wouldn’t have the capacity to curse you. The best way to make it through a forecast of storms over your life is to radiate and shine brightly.

Things will still get real every once in a while, and it may be just then that your naysayer sees you – while you’re down. Accept where you are, know that you serve a full-time God who is there in the trenches with you. For all your battles, the artillery of God is infinite and victory is guaranteed!

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