Before Paul put the final period on his first letter to the Thessalonians, he issued a double-edged command: encourage...and build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). In a world more sinful than saintly, such a command is necessary and can alter the course of our day because the spirit of discouragement, which seems to be the default setting, is dangerous.
When someone crosses the line and offends you, what's your first response? Most of us are tempted to strike back in like fashion. When we've been violated, our sense of justice rises. We want to even the score! But Scripture calls us to a radically different response - something that doesn't come naturally. In fact, learning to forgive takes tremendous discipline.
No one is immune to injustice. Most of us have suffered undeserved indignities, hurtful slights, and paralyzing humiliations. Some injustices are trivial and should be treated as such; others can be life-altering. In such times, we are tempted to seek revenge rather than entrust our character to the Lord. God's way allows for the ministry of grace to do its transforming work.
Of all the great men and women in the Bible, Daniel certainly ranks as one of the greatest. Without dispute he was a man of courage. But courage was not what made him great. History is filled with courageous devils. Daniel was great because he was exactly who he appeared to be - a man of unassailable integrity. Though dangerous, Daniel would not compromise his honor.
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