Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. 2 Tim 4:14-15
Someone did you wrong! It hurt and angered you. You wanted to get back at them or wanted something bad to happen to them. Not too bad, but just enough for them to feel the hurt you felt.
That’s a natural and sinful way to respond.
Paul experienced the same thing because of a coppersmith named Alexander. This guy did Paul “much harm”.
The name of Alexander appears two other places in scripture – Acts 19:23-41 and 1 Timothy 1:18-20.
Since Acts 19 takes place in Ephesus and Timothy is pastor in Ephesus, I tend to believe it’s the same man.
Some have a great difficulty getting over the hurt caused by others. I know someone who constantly referred to past events over and over; some taking place 30 or 40 years earlier.
You cannot move forward if you don’t step away from the past!
Paul took the initiative to pray that God take care of Alexander.
Jesus said it this way, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matt 5:44
Give it to God and get going forward!
I don’t want to discount those abused repeatedly by someone. That leaves such a deep scar it becomes extremely difficult to let it go and give it to the Lord. For those I say get away if possible. Seek the help of another person or an agency set up to handle those in abusive situations.