Have you ever been screwed over? I mean really screwed over—tramp took your man, business partner stole your money, best friend betrayed you—screwed over. If you haven’t, get ready. You will. If you have, then you know what I am talking about.

Over the past few years, God has taught (and is teaching) me how to handle betrayal, more specifically, how to treat those who have wronged me. In this season of my life, I have related a lot with King David. David is what I would call a spiritual gangsta. He was perfectly imperfect, and he served God with a raw transparency that is seldom duplicated. In fact, God loved him so much that He labeled him the apple of His eyes.

The psalms are filled with David’s cries to God. One of my favorite desperation cry is Psalm 3:7, “Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked,” (NLT). Some translations say, “Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked,” (NIV). Other says, “Up, God! My God, help me! Slap their faces, First this cheek, then the other, Your fist hard in their teeth,” (MSG)!

Yes, now that’s the kind of justice I’m talking about. Slap them in the face, God! Knock out their teeth! Give them the Holy Ghost smack down!

As I chuckled at the verse, God nudged my heart and reminded me that the verse was intended to be metaphoric and not literal. Although, secretly, I think I prefer the literal interpretation.

My carnal nature wants my enemies to pay. It wants God’s judgment to be upon their deeds and upon their heads. All too often, my heart cries out to God, “How could you allow them to get away with this?” In those moments, God reminds me that vengeance belongs to Him, and the task of forgiveness has been assigned to me. He reminded me that my FU’s have to be personified and applied: I FU, which translates into, “I Forgive You!”

One of the hardest things that we will ever have to do in this life is to forgive those, who in our estimation, do not deserve our forgiveness. However, without forgiveness, we become slaves—slaves to our oppressors. Without forgiveness, there is a transference of our oppressor’s evil spirit. The demons that once (or still) plagues them, now plagues us. Remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Ephesians 6:12). The devil is always looking for a way in our spirit. Don’t give him a foothold. If someone has wronged you. Pray to God to allow you to let it go. Pray that instead of saying FU, God will allow you to says, “I FU—I forgive you.” Your happiness depends on it!

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