by Ernest Easley

How to Respond When Mistreated
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 26:1-8
July 24, 2005

If you live long enough ... somewhere along the way you're going to be mistreated and I'll prove it! If you feel that you've been mistreated sometime throughout this year .. would you please raise your hand. You see! The house is full of people who feel that they've mistreated!

Perhaps you were mistreated by a spouse or a parent. For you ... it may have been an in-law! Or .. perhaps it was your boss that mistreated you. You didn't get that well deserved promotion or raise and you feel mistreated.

For others ... you may feel you've been mistreated by somebody in your Sunday School class .. fellow choir member ... staff member .. deacon ... pastor or somebody else in the church.

Well .... you need to know that mistreatment can become a poison in your life if you mishandle it! And if you mishandle times of mistreatment ... you'll be driven by revenge. And the problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants! Revenge never evens the score! Learn this about revenge: you will never get ahead of anyone as long as you're trying to get even with them! I read about a woman who had been bitten by a dog and her physician advised her to write down her last wishes just in case she went into a comma.

So right there in the Doctor's office she pulled out a piece of paper and pen and began writing. She would think for a few minutes and then jot something down. She would think a few more minutes and jot down something else. This went on for more than an hour.

Finally .. the Doctor asked her how long she was going to make her will. She said, "Will? I'm not writing my will. I'm writing a list of people that I'm going to bite!" Gandhi was right when he said that "if we live by 'an eye for an eye', the whole world will be blind!"

Well .. that's what I want to talk to you about this morning: How To Respond When Mistreated ... because it's going to h ...

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