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: Mordecai was the target of intense animosity from Haman, King Aheuserus’ advisor, because he refused to submit to him. Haman then carried out his plan of vengeance by having Mordecai hanged (Esther 3:5-6). So he prepared the gallows—a device used to hang criminals—for this act of execution. His plan somehow failed. At the time, he had also attracted the wrath of King Ahasuerus who sought advice from his attendant about how to punish Haman. His attendant, Harbonah suggested that death by hanging on a 75 feet high pole. This was the same set of gallows that Haman had set up for Mordecai’s execution. As a result, Haman died and was unable to carry out his plans against Mordecai. He had no idea that his act of vengeance would backfire and ultimately work against him. Hatred and vengeance, like Haman’s, can lead to your fall. Simply learn to forgive and love those who wrong and upset you in life (Matt 6:14). Joseph is an excellent example. He never exacted vengeance on his brothers who sold him into slavery, but instead forgave and treated them with kindness (Gen 50:19-21).
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to nurture a forgiving heart towards those who hurt me.
Confession: I am forgiving and loving