Saturday, September 15, 2012
BE NICE TO EVERYONE
Can you turn away when insulted or hurt or do you feel like getting back and getting the last word? Are there people you feel you can not love or who you do not feel like praying for? Some of these people may be complete strangers such as evil people in our world such as dictators or tyrants. They make you mad and you can not find it within you to lift them up in prayer.The Bible does command us to overcome evil with good(Romans 12:21 ) and to pray for our enemies(Matthew 5:44).
Do you ever catch yourself thinking bad of someone or judging them when in fact you need to remember they were created by God too and all of us have our faults? In one of my devotions awhile back I mentioned trying this little experiment. When you feel like being critical of someone first ask why you are doing that? Next give them over to the Lord. Third, say to yourself as you pass people "I love you and I love you and I love you." We have no idea what people are going through anyway. Stop that critical spirit.
Romans 12:14-15 says to "Bless those who persecute you. Bless and curse not. Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn." So yes, even if a person has hurt you, it is necessary to keep praying for them. Proverbs 24:17 is a good scripture to end on and it says "Do not gloat when your enemy falls. When they stumble do not let your heart rejoice."
PRAYER: Lord Jesus sometimes it is hard to get along with different personalities but. You command us to love one another. Help me Lord as I seek to love like you love. In Jesus name. Amen.