Dealing With The Drama
The Need for Mercy
Maggie: “I’m so mad at my friend right now—and it is totally her fault!”
God’s Text: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
It’s easy to become so mad that you want revenge. You’d love to see the person pay for what she did to you. You want to see her be miserable for once. But hold on. Is that what God’s Word says to do? While we love to accept God’s mercy for the things we’ve done wrong, sometimes we forget we need to extend His mercy and forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Showing mercy to others is a choice. It may not always be easy. While you may be angry on the inside, giving love and kindness to someone who wronged you is showing the love of Christ. The more you extend mercy to others, the more like Christ you will become. It’s better to choose obedience to God’s instruction than to follow your sinful desire of payback.
Today’s App: Has someone recently hurt you or said something that caused you pain? Realize that because you have the Holy Spirit living inside you, you have the power to offer kindness, mercy, and forgiveness based on God’s love. Try it and see what God will do!
Becca: “Why is Paige hanging out with that group of girls? All they do is trash talk other girls—even the ones who are their friends.”
God’s Text: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them” (Ephesians 5:6-7).
Face it, girl. In today’s culture there’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect guy, have the perfect friends, and look like a celebrity at a photo shoot. It’s easy to get a skewed vision about what is good and what is not so good. So how do you respond when someone warns you about the friends you’ve surrounded yourself with? Do you cover your ears?
It’s natural to want to believe the best about people, but God’s Word reminds you to consistently be on guard in the area of relationships. If someone raises a red flag, even if it’s your mom, pray and ask the Lord to help you determine if the relationship will help you grow in your spiritual journey or pull you down. Loving someone and being nice to others is always a good thing, but the people you choose as close friends and as a boyfriend will affect your future.
Today’s App: Do you have a gut feeling that suggests you need to be cautious in a particular friendship? Do your friends make you a better person? Don’t risk being involved in bad relationships. Be satisfied and secure in the relationship you have with your heavenly Father, and ask Him to give you the strength needed to make the right choices.
Taken from: God, Girls, and Getting Connected. Copyright © 2011 by Robin Marsh and Lauren Nelson. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.