Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34)
How did I deal with difficult people in the workplace who were accusing me with lies and seemed overpowering? Click here for Part 1 of 3.
I resolved that there was nothing the co-workers could do to make me their enemy – they would not and could not be mine. Relentless, I resolved to love them, no matter what. I openly acknowledged their work in staff meetings and emailed them, describing what I appreciated about their input.
“God, this is so unfair! Can I quit?” I prayed a thousand times. I believe I heard Him say, “My daughter, don’t give up. Don’t accuse them back. Forgive them every day. I will issue justice.
With my boss, we openly discussed some of the issues and worked to resolve them. Were the decisions always rational and equitable? No. But with God on my side, I knew He was building something in me and I chose to trust Him – even on crazy-making days.
I pictured myself in a courtroom as the defendant in a lawsuit. In my mind’s eye I saw God the Father at the judge’s bench – the robe, the gavel, the whole nine yards. Jesus Christ stood in front of the bench as my attorney. And the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovered overhead, bringing wisdom and peace. It looked like the game was rigged.
I asked Jesus, “What can I do?” He leaned over with His mouth close to my ear, and whispered something that made me laugh out loud.
“Buy her cupcakes.”
“I’ve never seen an episode of Perry Mason where he tells the defendant to buy the prosecutor cupcakes,” I whispered back. “Are you joking, Lord?”
“No. Do this for Me. It’s an olive branch.”
“Cupcakes? Olive branches? Is this some kind of crazy MacGyver thing?”
He leaned back, straightened his tie, and waited.
I blew out a frustrated breath and muttered quietly so that He might not hear, “Ok, I’ll do it. But I don’t have to like it.”
Friend, when your flesh wants revenge, what are some practical strategies you can take to connect with Holy Spirits counsel?