[Column] Do not be Disillusioned in Your Heart

Do not be Disillusioned in Your Heart

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.


We often fail to assume the responsibility given us by God because of hurt and pain from relationships with others. Those who are closest, for example spouses, friends, the faithful, and church leaders, can hurt us. Psalm 55:12-13 say, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.” Whether we are hurt by leaders or by those who are of the same rank, we must not assume the role of a judge (Romans 12:19). David was deeply hurt by Saul but turned to God for judgment without seeking revenge. He did not criticize or complain.

In case of Absalom, however, he harbored wound and anger when his sister Tamar was raped by Amnon. His hate against Amnon grew exceedingly as his disappointment in his father King David, who did nothing, escalated. Eventually, he killed Amnon and became addicted with bitterness against his father while on exile. Ultimately, he led a revolt against David and was killed in war. Absalom was a handsome and intelligent young man, yet he was disillusioned and without resolving conflicts tragically ended his life. If the seed of hurt and bitterness enters into our hearts and plants itself, there will arise lethal consequences. If we do not remove this seed right away, its root will grow deeper.

When we are hurt, we must beware of the snare laid by Satan. Blessed are those who do not bear bitterness or grudge against others. Do not be turned away or led away. Open your hearts to God who knows all our circumstances and do not sin.

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