The email I received told the story of a Christian defrauding another Christian for $4500. There was anger, disbelief and surprise. The multiple phone calls and emails were ignored, so there is nothing left to believe but someone has consciously agreed with themselves to defraud their brother. My advice was cryptic, but true. “Don’t let that get in your spirit,” I said. “It’s just not worth it.”
When you allow something to get in your spirit, you allow it to grow. Like grafting a branch to a host tree, the “wrong” gets grafted to your spirit and you end up feeding it, hosting it, and keeping it alive. The person who committed the wrong has to do nothing else, but if it is in your spirit, you will keep the angst and heartache going by yourself.
You don’t have to ignore the wrong done to you, and you don’t have to act like it doesn’t bother you. Letting them know they have stepped over the line is not unchristian. You should go as far as forgiving them, but you don’t have to go back into business with them.
- Someone promised you they would never do a certain practice…and they do it…don’t let it get in your spirit.
- You felt guilty for being blessed and you loaned someone something…and they won’t give it back or repay you…don’t let it get in your spirit.
- A position was promised to you and you counted on it, dreamed about it and greatly desired it…and then someone else was given what you were promised…don’t let it get in your spirit.
- Haman allowed Mordecai’s actions to get into his spirit…it ended up costing Haman his life…it’s just not worth it.
Don’t let that get in your spirit.