Devotionals:From Hate to Love

Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 was the most unforgettable and scariest day of my life. After my second day of work at my new job; I was on my way home from work and the supermarket,  when a white SUV truck pulled up to the side of me, and rammed into my left side. Seconds later, I was on the ground , surrounded by a number of people, and was screaming to the top of my lungs. The white SUV that had hit me was no where to be found , and the people who surrounded me, told me not to move and to lay down. My groceries were on one side of me, one of the straps of my book bag had broke , and my purse had flew to the right of me. Little did I know that from this horrible incident, I would be sharing my testimony of a hate turned into Love. A hate that quickly tried to fill up in my heart, turned into an understanding of forgiveness, and a reminder of God's Love.

After the hit,  I was rushed in an ambulance to the emergency room, and given multiple tests to make sure there were no internal injuries or fractures. Few hours later, the doctor reported that I had no head injury, no fractures,  and no internal bleeding. What I did have, was a sprain to the left side of my stomach, and a few bruises and some hip pain. The doctor mentioned that I would have to request time off from work , and that I should take a break from my normal routine to heal the sprain and to also regain my strength.  Everything had happened so fast. I had just started a new job, had a great day at work, now here I was in the ER. Feelings of hate and anger consumed my heart . How could someone do this to me?" I asked myself . " Why would someone do this to me?!" I yelled in the emergency room . I must've asked myself " Why?" 50 times. I was taken aback and in disbelief. 

As I laid in the hospital bed; I began praying to God. As I prayed, God put it on my heart to release the hate that was trying to develop in my heart, and forgive the driver who had hit me. God wanted me to forgive. I was alive and that was most important. "God forgive him", I prayed. I knew this was the Holy Spirit speaking through me, because if God had not convicted me, the word "forgive", would not even be on my tongue. Now here I am, sharing my testimony with you .

Friends, with God, ALL things are possible. HE can can turn your Hate into Love, and HE can turn your Pain into Joy.  God forgives, God saves, God Heals. They hung Jesus  on the cross to crucify Him, and while HE was up there HE still said " Father, Forgive them for they do not know what they are doing". It is almost a week later from the incident, and all I can continue to think about is how the people around me stood in shock as I laid on the ground, coherent and conscious, after flying up high in the air . God replaced the re-occurring thought of the evilness of the driver's face before he hit me, with the thought of an Angel wrapping it's arms around me as a protective barricade between me and the car. It could have been worse. I am still in some pain, and am laying low, but most importantly, I AM ALIVE . When you forgive, God provides you with a peace unimaginable.It may be hard, but HE will see you through.

Be Encouraged,