It hurts to be hurt—repeatedly! But consider this: “When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless” (Chris Colfer, actor). Incredible though it may seem, God often employs the hurtful actions of people to bless us! Think of the envy and betrayal of Joseph’s brothers, the lies of Potiphar’s wife, and the forgetfulness of the chief-cupbearer (Genesis 39-41). Wondering about the prickly, mean, and vicious people who keep showing up in your life? They’re providential sand papers. Be polished by them! God uses even the worst people to bring out the best in us. Shine through your hurts!—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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