How are you all doing? Hmmmm, it turns out Matthew is filled with a lot of practical knowledge that I’ve not properly wrapped my head around. I hope you guys are enjoying Matthew as much as I am, please try to read the book.
Today’s verse cut me deep sha, felt like I was reading about my situation…… calm down people, it’s not one big revelation, but quite relevant. It’s something a great deal of must have done one time or the other- not sure if I’ve entirely stopped though. Stop it!!! No spoiler alerts, don’t scroll down to see what it is(lol, I can like to be dramatic sometimes). Here goes- Matthew 18:15-16 tells us to march right up to someone who has offended us and tell them they hurt us(paraphrased), it doesn’t say to pick up a fight with the person ooooo. Don’t go about looking for trouble and now back it up with the Bible, or that you read in one blog(I will deny you). Anyways, the verse got me thinking about the logic behind not telling someone they’ve hurt us- I know there are times I do it because I do not want the person to be offended, therefore, I internalize the hurt. Never thought to think of the fact that the same person we’re trying not to hurt has actually hurt our feelings too. And we know some people misuse liberty, just like you give someone your phone to look at one picture and you’re hearing questions about other pictures in your album(you know you thought about it too). When you refuse to tell them the action hurts you, they could continue. Sometimes, it takes just one person to correct a negative character of the person. Or those that don’t want to talk because they don’t want feel like they get angry easily(this is so me). Well, I’m sorry to break it to you- you might soon have to start taking anger management classes because you will constantly get angry- Talk.
Verse 16 goes further to say if the person pays you no attention, take one or more people with you to talk to the person. This is so you have a witness, and when the person repeats his/her action, there would be people to call he/she to order. In short, I got my word for the moment (that has been coming up in the comments, I stole your words *wink,wink*).
Favorite verse of the day- And I say also unto thee, That thou art Olawunmi, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto Olawunmi the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever Olawunmi shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever Olawunmi shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19.