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I Wanna Hurt Him

March 24, 2009


I got a call last night from a guy I used to know, like a year ago. He needs my help, but I don't want to help him. In fact, I want to hurt him.

I know that sounds bad, but you don't know what he and his girlfriend put me through. You see, "what had happened was," my wife and I rented our home to he and his girlfriend, after we moved away. The housing market was in a death spiral, so we couldn't sell our home. They had a young son, needed a place badly, and so we decided to help them out. They seemed cool enough. Dude, but then they moved in and all hell broke loose.

They threw trash everywhere--the side of the house, in the back yard, everywhere. It got so bad that my former neighbors started calling me to complain about the mess. To make matters worse, he and his girlfriend broke up and she called the police to get him out of the house. The neighbors blew up my phone with the blow-by-blow. Of course, the neighbors were mad because my tenants were dragging down their property values. All of a sudden, the "ghetto" had come to the suburbs and they were hot! 

When I tried to call the guy to find out what was going on, he wouldn't answer his phone. When he did, he'd give the phone to some little kid who just mumbled and hung up. (CUZ, I WAS SOOOOOOOO MAAADDDDDDDD!!!)

After he moved out, his girl continued the trashing of our home, and then she moved out. One day I went to the house to see the damage, and I couldn't believe my eyes. Can you imagine walking into your home and seeing dog feces caked into the hardwood floors, the stench of dog urine everywhere, the dirt piled high? The damage they did cost me close to $5,000.

But now he needs my help. He and his girlfriend are in court over the charges she made against him. While on the stand, she lied about something, and I have the document that can prove that she is lying--if I can find it. He needs that doc. I don't even want to tell you what's running through my mind right now.

I really don't want to help this guy, but I'm going to look for the document, and if I find it, I'm going to give it to him. There's only one reason why I'm going to help him and it's this: I love Jesus. Jesus would do it for me.

Jesus once asked, "If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?" (Matt. 5:47). What Jesus is saying is, anyone can love someone who loves them. But true love, His love, also includes loving the people who did you wrong, hurt your feelings, and messed you over!

I'm not there yet, as you can tell, but I'm working on it. Is there someone you need to forgive, someone who needs your help?

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