How To Deal With Mistreatment
Ken D. Trivette
1. The common tendency when we are mistreated is to seek revenge. I think of a despondent woman was walking along the beach when she saw a bottle on the sand. She picked it up and pulled out the cork. Whoosh! A big puff of smoke appeared. "You have released me from my prison," the genie told her. "To show my thanks, I grant you three wishes. But take care, for with each wish, your mate will receive double of whatever you request." "Why?" the woman asked. "That bum left me for another woman. He lied to me and deceived me." "That is how it is written," replied the genie. The woman shrugged and then asked for a million dollars. There was a flash of light, and a million dollars appeared at her feet. At the same instant, in a far-off place, her wayward husband looked down to see twice that amount at his feet. "And your second wish?" "Genie, I want the world's most expensive diamond necklace." Another flash of light, and the woman was holding the precious treasure. And, in that distant place, her husband was looking for a gem broker to buy his latest bonanza. "Genie, is it really true that my husband has two million dollars and more jewels than I do, and that he gets double of whatever I wish for?" The genie said it was indeed true. "Okay, genie, I'm ready for my last wish," the woman said. "Scare me half to death."
2. If anybody was ever mistreated it was Joseph. Our text, Genesis 40, is the third account of mistreatment Joseph experienced. He had been forsaken by his brethren, framed by Potiphar's wife, and now he is forgotten by the Butler. He was hated by his brothers, harassed by his boss's wife, and hoodwinked by the Butler.
3. I doubt that there are few among us that has not been mistreated in one form or another by either family or friend. As you know, the hurt and pain of being mistreated goes deep.
4. I confess to you that one of the most disappointing things I have encountered in the minist ...
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