My Choice/His Life
1. I REFUSE to become a victim of the sin of someone else’s selfishness, greed, wickedness, or evil actions. They may victimize me – sacrifice me on the alter of their own sin – but their actions, attitudes, and words cannot make me a victim. I am responsible for my words, actions or reactions and emotions. (Gen 50:20; Rom 12:21; Eph. 4:22-32)
2. I CHOOSE to become a victor in Christ. To see the sin of others against me as the stage upon which God does His best work in me for my good. To trust God to be sovereign and good. To be His living sacrifice and a new man resurrected with Christ to new life and dead to sin’s power over me (theirs and mine). (Gen 50:19-21; 2 Cor 2:14; Rom. 5:17; 8:28,31-39)
3. I REFUSE to be angry, bitter, or resentful which is allowing them and their actions to control me rather than the Holy Spirit and becoming a victim of their sin. (Eph 4:26,31-32; 5:18f; Col 3:1-13)
4. I CHOOSE to forgive, love, bless, and do good to those who sin against me, acting out the righteousness of Christ within me and submitting to the control (filling) of the Holy Spirit so I can exhibit His fruit in my life. (Eph 4:32; 5:18f; Jn 13:34-35; I Jn 4:20-21; Mt 5:43-45; I Pet 3:9; Rom 12:14,20-21; Gal 5:16,22-24; book of I Jn)
5. I REFUSE to take personal vengeance, which is God’s responsibility alone and the primary work of Satan. This includes mental vengeance (grudges) as well as words and actions both directly or indirectly aimed at those who hurt me. (Rom 12:17-19)
6. I CHOOSE to forgive, which is Jesus’ solution to the sin of others against me. This forgiveness is unconditional based on His greater forgiveness of me but may not be expressed to my offender until they repent and are ready to receive it. The choice: Flee, Fight or Forgive? (Mt 6:12-15; Mt 18:21-35; Lu 17:3-5; Col 3:13; Eph 4:32)
7. I REFUSE self-pity, which is a tool of Satan and my flesh to make me a victim rather than a victor in Christ. “Self-pity is Satanic." -Oswald Chambers.
8. I CHOOSE to be thankful for everything that has happened or been done to me including every part of it and every person involved, believing and knowing that God has allowed their sin and these circumstances to bring His good into my life. I may not feel thankful (gratitude) but I choose to thank God anyway (a command). (I Thess 5:18; Eph 5:20)
9. I REFUSE to be passive, mucking around in my own self-pity (feeling sorry for myself) or seeking instant gratification through self-indulgence or allowing the hurt to permanently paralyze me.
10. I CHOOSE to be active as a coworker together with Christ, regardless of how I may feel at the moment. I will seek to do His work by His power and sustained by His grace as He lives His life through me. Amen.
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