Power is mine! I earned it!
I worked so hard so don’t dare to cross me!
The world owes me!
I was bullied and being victimized!
Hey all of you, I knew the feeling and I had similar pain as you even it’s unbearable!
Let me share something, Stan Lee and Steve Dikto breathed a life in Peter Parker, who became a legendary superhero that everyone love known as Spider-Man. Spider-Man came to life in an issue of Amazing Fantasy number fifteen which was published in the month of August 1962.
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko coined the motto about role as being a superhero in the life of Spider-Man:
Great power comes great responsibility.
Peter saw something unbelievable as he gained power due to being bitten by a radioactive spider. He was challenged to use his power for good purposes or for his own personal gain. Should superheroes use their own power to protect people from unseen evil force, use it for their own reputation or use to break the law as shortcuts in answer to their unfair treatment in their life?
Are you familiar with story of Joseph The Dreamer? The Saga of Joseph The Dreamer was told in the Book of Genesis, Chapter thirty-seven to fifty. Joseph was sold to merchants by Joseph’s own brothers! Joseph was brought to Egypt. Joseph was very confused and been dismayed by what his brothers did to him. Maybe he figured out that his father, Jacob does not want him anymore.
Remember when life taken an unexpected turn and there are always full of questions!
After thirteen years being in Egypt. Keep in mind during his thirteen years was not always full of joy. He was persecuted and been falsely accused even were forgotten. When he became governor of Egypt. He saw his own brothers came before him.
Didn’t you realize that he have full of authority and access to power as governor in doing anything to his brothers!
He can TORMENT and REPAID them back for what they did to him thirteen years ago!
However, during his thirteen years of staying in Egypt, he grabbed his time to develop a personal relationship with God, which shaped his heart despite he went through good and bad times there. God’s unconditional love felt upon Joseph’s heart, which led him to have different approaching toward his brothers.
It is why Joseph made a very powerful statement as he said to his brothers:
“Come closer to me,” Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt. ~ Genesis 45:4-8 (MSG)
That statement made by Joseph made me want to CRY! It is because I spent years of living in bitterness against specific people who hurts and belittled me because they saw there is no potential in my life. Let me share about my experience about one family member who tried to tell me with very cruel messages:
“Look at yourself, LOOK at my son, he is doing very well and being successful in his life.”
Unfortunately, many years later his son was not doing very well and he is experiencing unfortunate incident in his life where he made poor decisions. A family member knew I was doing well with my life as I made achievement in career and educational setting. I finally saw this person last year at my sister’s wedding after eleven years of not seeing him. He was scared to be near me, but I chose to come up to him and gave him warm hugs and let him that I still love him and expressed my apology for our soured relationship in the past. It helped close the oldest chapters in the past and move on the new chapter. It is a sign of forgiveness and let it go!
Let look at what Spider-Man said after he ignored to stop an unarmed burglar in page of Amazing Fantasy number fifteen:
My Fault–All my fault! If only I had stopped him when I could have! But I didn’t–and now–Uncle Ben is dead… ~
Spider-Man could have used his own power to kill the burglar for killing his Uncle Ben but he chose to use his power to arrest him and put him in custody of police officers. So therefore the police officers can handle dealing with a burglar.
So I realized harder I could have used my power to hurt those people for hurting me, but it is not what Jesus would do, he said:
“Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” ~ Luke 23:34 (a) (MSG)
The quote “great power comes great responsibility” was mentioned in Luke 12:48:
“Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” ~ Luke 12:48 (b) (MSG)
So therefore, we are responsible for how we handle with accessible of power usage. If you decided to use your own power in doing harmful to people, then you are making yourself worst than before. I have been there and trust me please, I said many poisonous words to those when I was full of anger and bitterness.
I regret a lot of things I did in the past, some of them will not forgive me even I asked for forgiven, but I realized I was in the eyes of God and I letting God take care of them because I was so eager to seek forgiven despite they declined my expression of apology.
Think about what Jesus would react to those who hurts you.