Today, let's focus all our attention on where others attack us.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. Settle into the presence of Jesus.
- As you breathe in, think, "God, be gracious to me..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... for people attack me" (Psalm 56:1).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- Jesus, how have the attacks of others impacted my view of you?
- Jesus, will you show me your gracious, healing presence right now?
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- While under attack, is my tendency to fight back or withdraw?
- What would loving my enemies look like?
A closing prayer:
Jesus, you are the great physician. I have been hurt and need your healing.
Thank you for counting my restless tossing at night and for collecting every grief-filled tear that falls from my eye (Psalm 56:8).
You are so kind, and I trust you. Let that trust lead me to entrust myself to others in wise ways.
Peace be with you until next week,
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