Loving Difficult People and Those Who Despise You

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Have you ever found it hard to like or love someone who is not nice to you or care about someone who is difficult?  I think we all have!  We are all human, right?  So some of these feelings are just natural emotions of the flesh.  But what if we switch our thinking to go above and beyond on what we just superficially see or feel and get down to the root of the why.  Why is it so hard to like someone who is just difficult or not nice or someone who just simply despises you?  And why is that person so difficult or unpleasant to begin with in the first place?  It is because God and His children are not of this World.  Although God is omnipresent and He is always surrounding us, the World still lies in wickedness because the World is Satan’s kingdom.

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  1 John 5:19

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  John 15:18-19

That is why it is so easy for Satan to use people to his advantage in this world to cause conflict between people and nations and why we have people in this world that think bad things and just simply do bad things.  That is why as a Christian, it is important to stay fervently and consistently in prayer and love those who despise you for this is the Christian’s spiritual weapon!  Satan is always trying to attack God’s people and one of his best attacks are through people!  But as a Christian, you must not fall for this trap and give in to others who are not nice to you, despise or even hate you for if you do, Satan has won another pawn.  Instead, God says that you must love each other and pray for each other, since only light can drive out the darkness.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  John 1:5

These things I command you, that ye love one another.  John 15:17

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.  Matthew 5:44

So when you begin to dislike or hate those who despise you – be careful!  This means that Satan is starting to use you as the pawn too!  So now Satan has at least TWO that he is using toward his advantage – you plus the person or people that despises you!

That is why Yeshua speaks of the importance of loving and praying for each other consistently throughout the Bible – Jesus Christ is trying to keep you on the path to Salvation since He is the only Way!

 

Have You Thanked God Today?

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When you woke up this morning, what is the first thing that you did when you got out of bed?  Did you eat breakfast?  Pick out the clothes that you were going to wear today?  Take a warm shower?

All of these things are routines and sometimes mindless things that we do everyday, but let’s think about it a different way – what if we didn’t have a home?  No bed?  Nothing to eat?  No clothes?  No water for drinking or bathing?  Now all of these mindless routines that we would of normally done everyday would not exist.  Instead, we would be thinking hard on how to scavenge for food, a place to bathe, a cozy place to stay and clothes to keep us warm.

Therefore, if you have these basic necessities and you go about your day without thinking about what it would be like to not have these things, then it is time to think and give Thanks to the Lord that you do have these things!  A majority of us will pray to God to give thanks about a new job promotion or extra money that come into our life or something on a grander scheme, but what about the little things?  What about giving Thanks to God daily for waking you up each morning and giving you the basic necessities of life?  It’s the little things that matter the most!  So many people in this world are hungry or cold or need a place to stay just to Live.  And some people just did not have the fortune to get out of bed today.

So I ask the question again….  Have you given Thanks to God today?  How about when you opened your eyes today?

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18