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When you get hurt, do you ever wonder what is behind that hurt? The reason why someone hurts others most likely is because they are hurting as well, though we may not always know the motivation.

Hurt people interpret situations through the lenses of the pain they are experiencing. They let their situations overshadow every action they take, and sometimes you’re the target.

It’s never nice being the target. It’s never easy being the target. So what do you do?

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36

What you can focus on is you. Don’t be that person that lets your situation foreshadow your actions. Be the one that rises above it all and chooses love over hate and mercy over revenge. Pray for those who betray you, and you may be surprised what happens as a result.

When people are hurting they can lash out, and usually will anticipate some kind of reaction from their target. They may be wanting more fuel to add to their fire, but when the reaction is one of love, it doesn’t make sense. It impacts them, and it may one day change their life forever.

We don’t always know when, where or how God will move in someone’s life, but we can care for them and treat them in a way that gives God a chance to reveal Himself through us.
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