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This morning we will be looking at the topic “Dealing With Those Who Cheated, Abused and Used You”

Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: (2 Timothy 4:14 KJV)

Here we see Paul extremely hurt by whatever Alexander the coppersmith has done. Judging from Paul’s tone, whatever harm Alexander has done is probably either towards him or towards the church of God.

Paul later said,

Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. (2 Timothy 4:15 KJV)

In Weymouth New Testament translation, it says,

Alexander the metal-worker showed bitter hostility towards me: the Lord will requite him according to his doings.

Now, in life, we will meet with a lot of people that will do us much evil. There will be several metal workers who want to use their metals on you! We will meet with a lot of people that will try to harm us.

We might have experienced deep hurts and wounds from those that jilted us. We might have gone through bitter experiences from people who used us and then dumped us. We might have encountered people that insulted our intelligence and tried to play smart on us. We might have been met people that promised heaven and earth and later abandoned us. We might have experienced the greatest levels of betrayals, wherein, the closest friend of ours betrayed us.

Those kinds of experiences are deep-seated, the hurts are strongly rooted, the bitterness breathes within, live magma, waiting for an opportunity of a volcanic eruption, to cause untold damage and harm.

In all of these, we must learn from Apostle Paul. We must learn to sheath the sword-like Apostle Paul did.

Yes, he was hurt, and he actually verbalized it when he said, “Alexander the coppersmith did me MUCH evil…”

No doubt he was hurt and must have gone through a very painful, heart-wrenching experience…but in all of these, he simply said,

“…the Lord reward him according to his work!”

In as much as this is not what the flesh wants to do, I believe this is the best attitude to take when you have been deeply hurt!

Commit the situation into God’s hands. Let God judge the matter! Let God fight for you. When God fights for you, you have the privilege of dealing with your enemy without lifting a finger and without bitterness, and God also compensates you! That is the beauty of it!

Did you see the classic film, “Woman thou art loosed” by Bishop T.D.Jakes?

That lady that was raped and had her innocence taken away at a tender age still ended in jail because she took laws into her hands by shooting the man that hurt her! The prison experience would probably get her bitter than ever!

But you can choose to let God handle it. When you allow God to judge the matter, you let go of the hurt in your heart and await a compensation that only God can bring.

I want you to hand it all over to God. The guy, the lady, the man, the woman, who did you much evil, hand it over to God. Don’t go on with any hurt! Let God reward them according to the works of their hands. That is when it is sweetest!

As you do that that, you will receive healing for every hurt and wound, and God will compensate you heavily! Were you abandoned? Thank God you knew him or her before marriage! If he didn’t go, how will the right person show up!

I pray for you this morning, God will compensate you heavily for every harm, hurt or evil in Jesus name!

I refuse to be bitter

Lord, help me to let go and forgive all who have hurt me

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Luke 6:28 KJV)

Forgive all

Prov 4


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