In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed a situation that my fellow blogger, Derek... who has been biking around the world, has had to deal with.
You can check out his blog at Derek's Bike Trip: www.dereksbiketrip.com. Or, look up his site, on Facebook.
Yesterday, I discussed the fact that not everyone is saved, and has the love of the Lord, in their heart. People like this, often go around hurting others. This may be the reason that writer did all he could to hurt Derek.
As I mentioned, if that had been the case, then no matter how hurt Derek is, he needs to do what God told us, in Mark 11:25-26, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
If Derek hadn't had his bike's front tire explode, while he was cycling down a steep hill, he wouldn't be in the province of Quebec, still. And, he wouldn't be suffering the way he has been.
I can understand his frustration. After all, he is still suffering from a dislocated shoulder, bone fractures, and skin issues that are still needing bandaging. Not to mention the pain, he's been having!
However, there is the possibility of another issue being the reason for the hateful treatment Derek received from that writer and even a few other people. He speaks English. And, not French.
Okay. I realize that most people would laugh at what they just read. However, it can possibly be the truth.
Even during the last Quebec referendum, almost half the voters in the province of Quebec, wanted independence from Canada. They no longer want to be a province, but rather... want to be their own country.
Here is a link so you can read about the Quebec Sovereignty Movement: ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_sovereignty_movement.
Has many of the French-speaking Canadian citizens who live in the province of Quebec, only wanted to have their province separate from Canada, recently? Absolutely, not!
This has been a movement for many years. It has existed for generations.
Back when I was young, my parents moved us around. We lived in many places.
Looking back, I am grateful that we did not spend much time living in the province of Quebec, Canada... even though that is where I was born.
There was a form of domestic terrorism going on, that people didn't call... terrorism. But, it was!
Companies, like a British one that a relative of mine worked for, was threatened to be blown up, if they did not convert legally, and for everyday work to French-only systems. This caused many companies to leave the province of Quebec. And, many people, too.
Mailboxes were blown up. People were kidnapped. And, some were murdered.
In 1970, James Cross, a British former diplomat in Canada, was kidnapped by the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ). Here is a link so you can read about James Cross: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cross.
Pierre Laporte, a Canadian lawyer, journalist and politician was kidnapped and assassinated by members of the FLQ, in 1970. Here is a link for you to read about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Laporte.
And, here is a link for you to read about the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_de_lib%C3%A9ration_du_Qu%C3%A9bec.
Way back when all this happened, people doing this weren't considered to be terrorists. However, today, they would be considered terrorists.
With the laws that terrorism helped change, there isn't as much physical hatred going on. But, that doesn't mean that those who want the province of Quebec to separate from Canada, do not feel hate. For they do. If they didn't, they wouldn't want to be making every effort to separate from Canada.
It is possible that the fellow who wrote the nasty remarks about Derek, may be someone who is against anyone who is English, and not French.
No matter the case, as we've already said about those who hurt us, we need to forgive people who hurt us.
Plus, we need to do what God told us, in Romans 12:14-21, "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
Some people might think that people should not be speaking up, regarding our Lord. But, I disagree.
Especially, because of what we read in Luke 7:23, "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."
Many people claim to be Christian. Yet, they do not read God's Word, the Bible.
If they did, they would know that we need to not return evil for evil. Just as many people do, today.
Vengeance is not ours. It is the Lord's.
He will take care of those who hurt us. All we need to do is trust God. And, forgive. Not return evil for evil. And, help those in need.
Just as some people are doing for Derek, at this time.
For this, I am truly grateful. And, I pray that God will bless everyone who is of assistance to my friend who is truly hurting.
Believe it or not, I have more to say, so I hope you'll return to LwL, tomorrow.
Until next time...
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