...and when I say "good," I really mean GOOD. I just finished my study in Esther this morning for the discussion group tonight. It was SOOOO good! Although I, like the rest of the girls, have had a hard time finding/making time to keep up with this study, when we do get to it, we always get so much out of it.
This week's focus was on mean people. How can that be good, you ask!!! Well, we all know there are mean people out there - people who just don't care who they hurt. Some even seem to get a thrill out of hurting people - and you have been one of their victims. I don't know about you, but that is one of the hardest pills for me to swallow!!
In our study, Haman was that mean person. It was all about him (Do you know anyone like that?). What great lengths he went to in order to get at that person he didn't like! People like this are so hard to understand - especially when they come against you for no apparent reason or maybe because of a misunderstanding or mistake. They are so unforgiving! I have been in this seat more times than I want to count and it is one of the hardest places for me to be. I can hardly stand it. No one wants to think they've hurt someone or upset someone - especially to the point that the person will not forgive and even retaliates. How many times have we said, "Don't they know me - my heart? They know I would never do that or have been that way on purpose?" There's just nothing you can say or do to make it better.
But..... the Word tells us who is in charge. Nothing gets by our God.
This study also brings to light that we not only don't like being the victim of someone like this - we MUST be careful not to be the one inflicting the meanness. One comment is "Meanness is contagious like a virus." We can get caught up in it ourselves - either to vindicate ourselves or a family member/friend. The study ends with this comment:
Surely as Christians we must recognize the spirit of Haman not only in our world, but within ourselves.
My prayer today is that I 1) will not let others who have this spirit bring me down, and 2) I will not have the spirit myself.
I love you girls!!! If you can, join us tonight. This is such a wonderful study. Patty Ann's @ 6:00. Remember, you are not obligated to purchase anything. It is up to you. We just want your company and insight!!!