We’ve all been there. You get into an argument with someone. Our first reaction is to start bringing up all of those bad things we think about them. Sure we would never say it to them if we weren’t upset and hurt, but it’s a battle and we have to win.
When I was a young girl in college — saying the first bad thought that came to my mind felt good. “Oh yeah, you want to be hurt my feelings? Well, let’s see how you like this.”
People aren’t perfect – someone will do or say something that you don’t like. I had to start putting myself in other people’s shoes.
Kindness comes from understanding someone’s weaknesses and choosing not to hurt them. It’s easy to call a person out on their insecurities so you feel great for the moment. Everyone has bad days – including you. I wouldn’t want someone to kick me when I’m down, so I try not to do it to others.
Being kind does not mean you can’t be assertive or speak your truth. I mean the truth does set you free (John 8:32). However, when you say what needs to be said, you can be considerate of the another’s circumstances. You may know they are going through this or that – don’t make them feel even worst, no matter how good it feels. Believe me, it will come back to bite you.
Kindness – a fruit that is worth the development.
10 Then he said, “May the Lord bless you, my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before, because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor. Ruth 3:10
When I was younger if I felt my ego was being threatened – I could figure out how to punch you with my words. Raw with no filter, some of my words have been unforgettable.
I’m not proud of some of the things I’ve said, it’s really no excuse. As I gotten older I grew wisdom and compassion for others.
“What is Wisdom and compassion? What does that have to do with telling it like it is?”
Knowledge is very powerful. I was blessed with the ability to pick up on people very quickly (ie strengths, weaknesses, etc.)
Over time I had to stop being selfish and taking everything so personal. I had to use my gifts to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Maybe they are having a bad day or sensitive about this topic.
Wisdom is using knowledge as tool to serve God’s purpose. And that’s where compassion comes in.
When Jesus died on the cross. He had compassion for all – even his enemy’s. He knew they were not fully aware of how wrong they were. Instead of using his power for evil – he sacrificed himself.
We must learn to love like Jesus. We all can stand up for ourselves while respecting and loving the enemy.
Conflict does not have to be nasty and spiteful. When I tell people what I will not accept in an assertive loving manner – a peace comes over me.
In conclusion: Do everything with love.
Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you.
Yesterday I got off work and rushed to work for production at my church. After running up the stairs, I was huffing and puffing.
Once we closed out, my pastor and production leader made it clear about a few things.
Right now we are in 21 days of prayer. Please take the time out to be in the presence of God. You are not obligated to be here. This is just another form of worship.
Working hard without the will of God is like riding a bicycle without the chain. You can pedal as fast as you want – but you need the chain to go somewhere.
In that moment I was like “I think he’s talking to me.”
My family has taught me to have a strong ethic and strive for excellence. Sometimes I forget to actually be in the moment. Without God what have I really accomplished in life? How far can I go? I don’t want the success and then realize it doesn’t mean anything because my spirit is not right.
So please take my experience as a note : work hard while honoring God.
26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life? Matthew 16:26
Did you miss me? I took a little spiritual retreat so I could give it my all this year. Hope you all are having a happy new year. Here is Monday’s prayer.
Thank you for allowing me to be alive another year. Thank you for giving me the fruits of the holy spirit. Thank you for allowing everything to be where it needs to be in my life. I am humbled and honored to be at this very chapter of my life.
I pray that this will be a year of excellence and affirmation. Let your spirit and promises for my life come true. Please let all the seeds I planted last year allow me to reap a harvest of abundance. Let your will steer my direction in life. I pray that everything is full of peace, love and joy.
God let my soul glow with your blessings. Let all go well for everyone reading this. Any challenge that might be a problem – I pray that you wipe it out. Let everyone be healed and pushed to highest and best self. If there is anything we need change in our lives – let it be done in the name of Jesus.
We love and are so thankful for all that you have done in will do.
Your kingdom come – your will be done in the name of Jesus.
After doing my morning prayer, I began searching for bible scriptures. Somehow I became fascinated with the book Deuteronomy. What a coincidence! I figure out that this was Jesus most quoted old testament reference.
Deuteronomy was written by moses once he helped free the slaves. The book was a set of laws given so everyone could live their best life.
Once Jesus began to develop in his spiritual gifts, he went into the wilderness for isolation. Satan tempted Jesus, but he used this Old Testament book to make him flee.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Mandoes not liveby bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:4
Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:7
Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Matthew 4:10
How amazing is it Jesus used the Old Testament for power? But oh – it get’s better. Jesus Used this book to make clear the most important commandment of them all.
You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength Deuteronomy 6:5
Why is it important to love the God with all of you heart? If he made everything can’t we love other things first?
When you trust and love God – he will give you a peace through any situation. You don’t have to understand or worry about the next phase in your life because it will already be taken care.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guardyourhearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
So I think it’s safe to say this one of Jesus’s favorite Old Testament books.
Isaiah is named “one of the most powerful books in the old testament.” Hardships and trouble have become part of the norm. With kingdoms in turmoil, a prophet wrote Isaiah to give people hope.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Lets break down each thing:
Wonderful Counselor : a person who gives advice. Jesus was going to guide people out of trouble and help fix their lives.
Mighty God: Not only was he going to lead them out of trouble -it was through the greatest source. Before God’s child was sent – there were only temporary fixes. When God gives a gift – it is everlasting.
“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your instruction is true.” Psalm 119:142
Eternal Father: Not only was he the savior’s father – he is an “infinite” father. Everything is his child. Because we are all sons and daughters he bless and take care of us. No matter who our earth parents are he is the highest parent.
Prince of Peace : In the New Testament was given a beautiful name : Jesus
What a mighty God we serve. He can deliver us from anything and call us his own. No matter the situation – he will keep his promise and deliver us from any evil.