Derek's Time-Space Warp

A collection of thoughts and experiences as I explore the universe, warping time and space in my vicinity

When you lie…

What is it about some people that drives them to constantly put others down? I’m not just talking about office gossip. I mean spreading full-blown, vicious, slanderous lies. I’ve seen a lot of it lately, not just towards me, but towards friends and family. And every time it happens, it triggers the same emotional response. First comes the shock and disbelief. Then once the mind has accepted the situation, emotions turn to anger and retaliation. This is the part I’ve had to really work on, personally. I’m a very competitive person, and when stuff like this goes down, every fibre of my being wants to give them the “right hook of fellowship,” so to speak. Only problem is, without fail, any act of retaliation gives the other party more ammunition. Hmm, looks like God knew what He was talking about. Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,'[a] says the Lord.” It’s tough to hold back and do nothing when lies are making their rounds, but through these recent circumstances I’ve learned first-hand that this is the best course of action. All I need to do is keep on doing my job the best I can, and God has His ways of working things out in my favour. Hey isn’t there a verse about that somewhere? Well waddya know…Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

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