Kimberley Payne
Jul 22 · 2 min read
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I have a certain person in my life who causes me grief on a regular basis

It seems in order for his day to be complete he must have conflict. If there’s no conflict, then he creates it. And I seem to be his favourite target.

I refer to this person as the “thorn in my side”.

He is a constant reminder to me that fear and anxiety are real feelings. Some days, I think that my life would be absolutely stress-free without him and the problems he creates.

However, through studying God’s Word, I have been able to see him in a different light. Although I don’t enjoy the trials he puts me through, I’ve realized that because of these things I have come to rely more on God.

I find myself leaning on God’s wisdom and knowledge to help me reply to this man.

I find myself praying for the Holy Spirit to fill me with peace when I must confront him.

I find myself praying to God for forgiveness — the need to be forgiven for what I think and do, and the need to forgive this man.

And recently, I find myself praying for this man. Jesus commanded that we pray for our enemies:

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44, NIV)

I am truly learning what this means in my life.

Although this man causes me great sorrow and pain, it is through these actions that I have come closer to God. It is through his acts that I have developed a deeper relationship with my Lord.

And although I don’t know that I can ever thank him for the anxiety and hurt, I am thankful that through this, I have come to know Jesus closer.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22, NIV).


(Excerpt is taken from Feed Your Spirit — a collection of devotionals on prayer)


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