Handling Your Haters

Photo by Georgia Pointer

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

I know at least one person who hates my guts. She takes every opportunity to heckle and criticize me. I learned long ago that reasoning with her does not work.

I would be lying if I said sometimes I don’t want to retaliate. The world’s tactics for dealing with haters is to hate back bigger and show who’s boss. This has no place in kingdom life. Jesus said to love our enemies and to pray for them. Not easy.

My hater won’t let me near her, so I love her by praying for her. I pray she finds the peace she needs, I pray for resolution in her mind over how she thinks I wronged her. Her issue is not really with me but her perception of me.

What about you and your haters? Are you asking God for grace to love them? It’s tough, I know, but loving them keeps their poison from destroying you. May God give you strength to do this, my friend.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

3 thoughts on “Handling Your Haters

  1. Such a hard one to do, but in doing just that, praying for them, is showing love. Lord guide my thoughts and my tongue…Amen. I needed to hear this. Thank you.

  2. wow, this came just when i needed it because i was struggling just yesterday with this. and yes please lord guide my tongue each and everyday!! thanks georgia

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