A friend who is a local pastor in Newark has a mantra that he repeats once a month, “hurt people hurt other people.” Those who receive verbal attacks in the form of negative comments, put downs and sarcasm tend to build up resentment in their hearts. At some point this frustration will boil over resulting in an emotional explosion. This climate stunts one’s ability to love others on a constant basis.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, Isaiah 61:1.
Hurt people often wear emotions on their sleeves, sending out negative electricity when rubbed the wrong way. Sadly, there are demented individuals who get their kicks by picking on someone until they explode. This trend is made worse by social media sites which allow violent videos that gain attention or go viral. In my mind, there isn’t anything funny about hurt people hurting others.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid, John 14:27.
Jesus has provided a solution to hurt people in the passage above. To overcome hate, Jesus extended peace to first century citizens. Since talk is cheap, Jesus lived out love, reaching out to children, the helpless, poor and sick. Even when the disciples wanted to call it a day or night, Jesus offered his time to strangers every day. Despite being falsely accused, sentenced to death and dying on a cross, Jesus loved like He was never hurt. In view of this, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with strength so that love will not die.
by Jay Mankus