But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Mathew 5:44
This is something that I personally struggle with. We are all human and often fall short. There are times when I or my loved ones are in an insulting situation or are falsely prosecuted and the Human in me reacts in an un-Godly manner. I am sure we can all (in some way or another) relate to this.
When these situations arise we have to remember (as well said in yesterdays great post), "Blessed are you when people insult or persecute you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven". Reading that post really motivated me to find a more Christian-like outlet for my emotions.
I thought to share a mental exercise w/ the fellow bloggers. Let's try this exercise as often as possible when we are faced w/ a negative or insulting situation. Before we React in Response to the insulting situation, lets Remember: Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world! Then Rejoice and be glad because GREAT is your Reward!But do not forget to pray for that person, this will Represent your Christian principle.
Now I am sure this won't be easy but the more we work at doing this, the easier it will become. All hard work brings a profit but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 We all know this proves to be true, not only w/ Christianity but w/ most things in life.
When I read that scripture my mind instantly went to my sister who is currently in law school. When I go to bed at night she is up studying. When I wake up in the morning she is up studying. There has been many mornings when I awaken she is already at the head of the table studying. I often say to her, " I don't know where you get the strength". She usually responds, "God, prayer and reading the bible. Mommy always tell me he will never give me more that I can handle". Talk about inspiration.
I say that to say, no matter whether it is physical (manual labor, kind acts of generosity) or mental (reading, prayer, seeking knowledge) labor; you get out of whatever it is you want, what you put in to it. Same goes with living for Christ. It takes more than just prayer, or just going to church on Sundays or randomly paying your tithes. Faith without works is dead James 2:26. Many times we pray for things we are not willing to work for. God is most certainly capable of providing above and beyond what we so desire, but are we doing our part. We have to remember to put in the hard work to get the desired results. Most importantly, when God rewards us with the fruits of our labor we can not forget to give him THANKS! For he is the Reason!
Hope I was of some inspiration to the fellow bloggers!
!Never Let Anyone Steal Your Joy!
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