Have you ever been hurt before? Hurt so badly that it seems it is all you can think about? Have you ever wanted to hurt those people who hurt you and make them feel just as much pain as they have given to you? This is when hurt turns into anger or vengance or bitterness and other sins and it is ugly.

Sure, I admit. I have had those experiences so many times. I thought about David and how he needed to clean his heart. It can get a little bit dirty at times. I thought about Paul and all the persecution and hardship he endured. He was shipwreked, deserted, beaten to name of view. But in the end he came to a simple straighforward conclusion. It is simple, easy, elementary truth we are taught the first day we come to Jesus. He loves us. And this is humbling. This simple truth is so True. It puts everything else in perspective.

Here are some verses I recall whenever I am hurt.

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin" (Hebrews 8:15)

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled" (Hebrews 4:14-15)