Scripture Reading: Esther 7:9. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon
Reflections: King Ahasuerus got angry with Haman, his advisor and sought to have him punished. Then Harbonah, one of the king’s attendants suggested the death sentence by hanging on a pole which Haman had actually prepared earlier on for Mordecai. Interestingly he was hanged on this 75 feet high pole and this sadly brought his life to an end. Haman got to this fate just because he nurtured hatred against Mordecai for refusing to bow down to him and proceeded to revenge by getting him killed (Esther 3:5-6). He hardly ever thought that his act of revenge was going to backfire and work against him. Hatred and vengeance are emotional responses God admonishes us to do away with. Like Haman, hatred and vengeance can lead to your downfall. Just learn to exercise forgiveness and love towards those who ill treat and upset you in life (Matt 6:14). Joseph is a good example. He never took revenge against his brothers who sold him into slavery but forgave them wholeheartedly and showed them kindness (Gen 50:19-21).
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to nurture a forgiving heart towards those who hurt me.
Confession: I do not pursue hatred and vengeance in life. I am forgiving and loving