Psalm 109:28 (KJV) 28Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
We bless others; not all of them reciprocate that. There are people who dislike us despite the good way we treat them. Others would get hurt when cursed at; it weighs heavily on them. We pray for them that they’d handle things better. It’s good to be treated well, but when we believers are cursed, we’ve learned not to get hurt; what matters is that God blesses us. And His Words are more potent.
We glory in the Lord; in Him, no one can really hurt us. God has an effectively powerful way of protecting us. Although we don’t rejoice in other people’s pain—even those who mistreat us, often, the harm they intend for us boomerangs on them, and they’re the ones who suffer from their own actions. Here again, it’s made clear why we can heed the Word’s admonition for us to rejoice in the Lord always.
There are many reasons why others curse us; they probably hate us for reasons we don’t know or reasons unfounded. There are probably many reasons why God blesses us, but there’s one I know for sure: He absolutely loves us. He’s never an absentee God. Even in those moments when He’s seemingly very quiet, and the slanders, accusations, and lies of our enemies abound, God is blessing us. Even in the middle of the worst treatment from others, we’re at the very center of the the best treatment from God. It’s a fact of our Christian journey: people will repay us evil for good, hatred for love, and slander for praise; we’re fine; our joy’s intact in the Lord.
1 Peter 2:19 (KJV) 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
There are people who are good to us and there are those who aren’t; we are good to everyone. There are times when people are good to us; there are times when they’re not; we are good to them always. God’s pleasure is our pleasure; and it’s His pleasure for us to be good and do good no matter how others treat us. We suffer from unjust or wrongful treatment; we patiently endure. Our minds are set on Him and His pleasure. It’s good to be liked; we want people to see our good works so they can see God’s work in us. But not everyone looks; not everyone sees; there are those who are blinded by pride and their predispositions; they don’t notice reality even when it’s right in front of them as clear as broad daylight. There really is wisdom in living for God’s pleasure.
God’s expectations are clear and unchanging; men’s expectations are often vague. And even if they’re clear; they often change. And if they don’t, many are often unpredictable and woefully undependable. We can be conducting ourselves extremely nicely to them, but they can simply misread our actions, or listen to others who don’t like us. Sadly, there are very gullible people. That’s why it’s useless to make man’s pleasure our main focus and goal. What’s best is focusing our eyes on God, our intimacy with and obedience to Him, and the needed glory to glory changes. There’s no higher purpose than God; there’s no better way to live than being godly, good, and right; there’s no more rewarding journey than the journey towards Christlikeness.
We may be surrounded by very ungodly or God-hating people; we just keep on being godly and God-loving. We may be living in a world of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, hatred, and curses; we just keep walking in goodness, honesty, genuineness, love, and blessings. It’s not easy, but we’re determined. We know it’s doable. We just follow the footsteps of our precious Lord Jesus; He’s been there. Speaking of suffering for doing good; He’s the perfect example: He suffered from the very ones He was saving. He knew it was His Father’s will to go through the cross, and He went all the way despite the very unfair, brutal, and evil treatment from His very own.