BUT LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, AND DO GOOD, AND LEND, HOPING FOR NOTHING AGAIN; AND YOUR REWARD SHALL BE GREAT, AND YOU SHALL BE THE CHILDREN OF THE HIGHEST; FOR HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL, AND TO THE EVIL. LUKE 6:35
WOW…Thats all I can say for now. As I write, trying to express, trying to pour my heart out, so I don’t retain unforgiveness, or anger, or even doubt, and trying to empty the shock of this.
Recently, I just got onto Facebook. A new concept. Someone, I went to school with, and also worked with at one time, had some pretty strong mean, feelings toward me.
Basically, because of my faith. Just yesterday, before all this happened, I had wrote I am not ashamed, I am a Christian, and well, that was challenged. Because of my faith. The truth is, we will turn many people off, and it is sad, I never would ever want to do that. But how do you speak truth, Gods truth, without offending? I guess, you can’t. Because it convicts people, and they don’t like seeing you speaking truth. Sadly, this person, is now my enemy.
I had a lot of good thoughts, concerning this person, and respect, and admiration. I never ever, would want to see this person, not reach potential. But when you see someone react, the way this person did, you cannot help to see, maturity. Or the lack of it.
You see, we all are growing on the vine. Some at different levels, and some at different stages. But when the love is not there, and I am talking about Gods love, for his love, is kind, merciful, patient, and considerate, when that love is not there, and someone tells you, they don’t want to be your friend, and they have no regard for you. That says a lot. It says, according to Gods word, that we will be known by our Love, we have for one another. Christ told us that is the fruit, we would all have in common. John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. So when that love or just acceptance is not there….Move on.
And I believe that when people say that they do not like you, or care to be your friend. I don’t try to force friendships. I have learned a long the way. You are going to please some people some of the time, and some of the time, you will not. When you cannot, just go on….for Christ is walking with you. God does not force himself as well in friendships. He is a gentleman. I know that. And I have learned from that. I have done this a few times. It has happened to me before. Friends leave, and become enemies. For whatever reason….
A mature person, even if they do not agree with you, or do not heed your beliefs, could just say, “well, different strokes for different folks”, they could say anything, perhaps even “thank you, but no thank you”, or “I will consider that”, or “thats your choice, not mine”...even. Displaying, even though a small amount of Gods love, to the degree, that it shows you are mature enough, to listen. Or if anything, to be respectful. For we are all Gods children. Whether you agree with that or not. Do you see what I am saying?
But, to dump on someone, being cruel, well….I don’t need people like that. I admit, I got a little sad. Because truth be known, I am human. But, I am not someones punching bag, or doormat. I know who I am in Christ. And with all my faults, I have been forgiven. He has taught me love, compassion, kindness, and the ability to take it to his throne. So I won’t hold onto hurt feelings.
And I was in all truth, just being truthful. Not condemning. I wasn’t even preaching. I was just sharing my faith. But I am called to do that. No matter what. I have to, grow, and not let this stop me from being who I am. In Christ. His sacrifice was too great. To not let my light shine.
So, when someone, I considered a friend becomes an enemy…..like I shared with this person, I say God bless you, I forgive you….and I go on. Because, I will not let someone like that stop me, in my faith. I will shake it off, pray, for this person, and just hope, whatever, that this person, will take that anger, and hate to the throne, of God, to be rid of it. Because all of that mean garbage, within just pollutes a soul. A heart….No wonder God told us to forgive. He does not want that kind of venom in us. As fruit. To be expressed.
Well trying to be mature myself, I just thank God, he has taught me, Love does cover a multitude of sins, and it changes us. I know I am changed. I guess, before, I would argue, but I let it go…and know.
With Christ, there is always a better way.
Blessings, and Just my Thoughts….
A Prayer of Hope….
Father, I pray for this person, even years ago, I prayed, that this person, would see truth, to be set free. And I even warned this person. Lord it was so misunderstood. But you tell us, to love our enemies, and to do good, to those who spit on us. But to shake it off….and I do. I pray for this person, and I respect the wishes of this person. I will not ever, try to make someone, know truth, or preach truth if they will not listen. But, I won’t deny you, and I will not stop being who I am in you. Because it offends. I feel for this person, but I do forgive, and pray whatever it is, that has hardened this person, with such anger, I pray, you touch, by Jesus, and his love. Thank you Lord, for removing this from me, now, so I do not hold onto it, or harbor it, myself, in unforgiveness. For your Love, your sweet love, teaches me better. Thank you Father. In Jesus name.
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