Monday, April 20, 2009

1 Peter 3:8-12

"Finally,all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers,be tenderhearted,be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling,but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this,that you may inherit a blessing.For He who whould love life and see good days, Let him refreain his tongue from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."Here we are encouraged to love each other,do not repay evil for evil.Its so hard at times when you know someone is speaking badly of you,or judging you for things they do not know about,or just being unkind,but we must listen to Christ as He teaches us to love those against us,for if we give in to our worldly thoughts they can take us places we dont want to go,and can lead us to destruction just by following the evil coming our way.Its hard to let things slide at times,when you know whats going on is wrong.But better than fight about those things,just turn to Christ in that moment and let Him cover you with His love and protection.We are to walk as Jesus would,thats not always easy,but He never said it would be.When we have those who are hurting us,instead of us hurting them back through our pain,we need to pray for them,and us,that we can let the Lord speak to us and move us to peace within ourselves,knowing that He has all under control.It hurts to be hurt,and it hurts to have others say things about you,I know this from my own struggles with life.But,when we put it in perspective,and know that God has gone through all that we have,and He is faithful to us,gives us hope,and should give us peace in our hearts.Situations may not change over night,but they can begin with Christ,and in our own hearts.We may not be able to change our attackers,but we can change us,and let God take care of those who are attacking,He tells us that is not our job to attack back,but trust in Him to care for everything in our lives,big and small.


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