Archive for February 3rd, 2018

The King has a sleepless night, and asks for the record of his reign to be brought in so that he can read it. While he is reading, he comes across the account of Mordecai preventing his death by two of his officers who guarded the doorway. He asks what reward Mordecai has been given for this and the reply is none, so the King decides to reward Mordecai now and asks Haman what he should do for a man the King wants to honour. Of course, Haman thinks it is him he is talking about and asks for what he would like. When he finds out that it is Mordecai that is to receive the honour, he is mortified.

 

Haman has a real problem with Mordecai. We can only guess from the text that it is because Mordecai will not show Haman the respect Haman thinks he deserves, but whatever the reason, he has such a problem with Mordecai, that it causes him constant grief.

 

There are times when we have real trouble with certain people – either because we have a problem with them or they have a problem with us. But whatever the problem, Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” No matter how they treat us, we are to love them. This is not always easy to do, but it is a directive from the Lord Jesus himself. Haman hated Mordecai and his hate consumed him.

 

When we hate someone this much it can cause us physical harm. The Lord Jesus tells us to forgive, not only for the sake of the person causing us harm, but for our own sake as well. Jesus modelled forgiveness for us when he was on the cross and said of those who had crucified Him, “Forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Forgiveness is an important quality for us to have. The Lord Jesus forgave us, and we must forgive others. When people cause us a problem, let us go to the Lord Jesus and ask for his help in loving them, and seeing them through His eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer: Lord help me today to love the ones that cause me problems, and see them as you see them. Amen.

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