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Topic: SKULDUGGERY (09/01/16)
TITLE: Under the Circumstances
By Elaine Hemingway
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How do we react when stabbed by a friend’s betrayal of trust? Is the consequent collapse of confidence the correct solution or can it be used as an illustration of Christ’s love?
What is our reaction in a work situation when we become aware of hidden agendas that can cause consternation throughout a company? Should we expose perfidy and run the risk of job loss? Do we speak out and take the consequences or keep quiet and live with the guilt of gutlessness?
Do we believe every “voice of authority” that crosses our path as being open and honest or do we choose to examine issues for ourselves. The blessing of Christianity is that we have a Manual that helps us decide on the best course of action to be taken in every eventuality.
I am reminded that many years ago when I was going through a very tough time I was taken to a doctor by a concerned friend. In a completely uncalled for examination the doctor recommended that in my emotional state I would be well served by his performing a hysterectomy. In mysterious ways it came to my notice that he was into his third marriage and had performed more such operations than seemed reasonably acceptable. I went for a second opinion and was saved from surgery. I thank the Lord for inner wisdom that came without a specific request.
I’m seeking His guidance again for incompetency and potential illegal practices by people employed to assist in the care of my husband.
Questions arise as to my response to their actions, and I am grateful for the Word that tells me certain responses are applicable.
1. Dealing with non-believers calls for sensitivity beyond the concept of forgiveness which would be called for if they were believers. I have been hurt and aggravated by actions that they do not recognise as being unacceptable.
2. There is a danger of doing more harm than good if I react in a way that would damage my profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
3. A response is needed that will show their non-professionalism without specific condemnation from me, and reveal my empathy with their problems and a solution that will not compromise the needs of my husband. I looked at Romans 7:21-25 and am aware of my own sinful response but that rescue is at hand! Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!
4. A real challenge came with Matthew 6:14. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. So I took a break, and yes, when tomorrow became today, I was not so incensed. The skulduggery below the surface was becoming manageable. I could cope, and my husband looks on with interest. What am I going to do next?
5. A discussion with the authorities, a calm report on my concerns, and a suggested solution that separates us from the company concerned while keeping the respect and treatment of innocent individuals.
Such problems can always lead to victory if the correct approach is used. Jeremiah 3:33 says it all. Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Not strictly in context but certainly encouraging when we have particular problems to surmount. I am told we can always “make” the Bible agree with what we want to say, but I say if we obey what it says we can’t go wrong. I am glad I have the ability to choose to forgive and move on, and grateful for the forgiveness I receive.
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