“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Luke 6:27-28 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Are you willing to?
It is our natural inclination to close our ears to words we do not wish to listen to.
Are you willing to suppress that and listen to The Holy Spirits voice as He convicts you?
It is our natural inclination to hate our enemies and make them suffer as much as we can.
Are you willing to love them?
That is not the mushy nonsense you see in movies or on TV.
It is an effort that can only be accomplished by surrendering to the power of The Holy Spirit. It does not mean that you condone nor tolerate abusive behaviour. If you love them you will help them to understand why they are abusive ( many times it is because of abuse they have suffered and have not been healed of ) and help them get counselling. If you love them you will not empower them by allowing this behaviour to continue but will allow them to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Purge yourself of toxic folks less their poison kills your love and you are rewarded with nothing but misery in return. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Are you willing to pray for Jehovah to open your eyes to the problem and to the solution ( including the fact that the problem may not be them but may be you ).
When others hate us it is natural to hate them back.
Are you willing to love your enemies by understanding why they hate you and seek reconciliation in the relationship. If they refuse are you willing to love them enough to behave in a respectful manner towards them. Are you willing to pray for Jehovah to open your eyes to the problem and to the solution ( including the fact that the problem may not be them but may be you ).
“The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” — G. K. Chesterton Prayer:
Please Jehovah ELOHIM YAKOL (God, the Most Able 2 Corinthians 9:8 ) bless me to enable me to conduct myself towards difficult folks in the noble manner in which Your gracious son Jesus Christ did. I wish not just for peace in this relationship but to use this situation to glorify You and to bring the little lost sheep into Your Heavenly fold. Please bless me with the strength and healing of ostracizing myself from toxic folks until they accept that their behaviour is not loving nor acceptable.
It is in the name of He who exemplified Christian behaviour towards others, Jesus Christ, that I humbly beseech You. Amen
May you always be receptive to and obedient to The Holy Spirits guidance in all of your relationships. Joseph a son of Jehovah
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As Christ is our King, so too are we His free will servants Joseph a son of Jehovah
I have been a faithful servant of our Lord for the past forty years.
He has led me to move from the farm to the city. It was there I learned natural medicine as well as to serve by doin volunteer work in a hospital. This was preparing me for the next stage of growth and service unto Him.
The next phase was to live in a tent in the western provinces of Canada planting trees. It has here in His marvelous creation of nature that He taught me so much of Himself while serving others in camp as a first aid attendant. If anybody got sick or injured they always came to me. As well, I learned to be a big brother and care about their mental health and for most, it was the first time they were ever loved.
This caring for others prepared me for the next step which was to be a teacher all over China. Here not only did my example guide many to our Heavenly King but also taught me how to deal with narcissist.
This prepared me to come home to take care of a narcissistic mother while dealing with narcissist family members.
It was in China that the Lord also guided me to become a Christian writer which has been faithfully done for the past ten years.
I know not what will happen tomorrow but I know who holds tomorrow in His hands and it is Him I place my total confidence and trust in. Joseph a son of Jehovah
January 15, 2021 at 4:44 am
Very wise words. It easy to get into the fray with those who seek to persecute you. It is better to pray first and let the Holy Spirit speak through you. Kindly challenging has its place. Bitter discourse leads nowhere, yet the psychological pathology of those who are seeking to destroy others can be addressed by letting then know their hate is killing their body, mind and soul. The Holy Spirit has the words and even if they seem to fail, the truth goes on in that person’s memory and it’s possible your seed offering salvation through Christ could grow and change someone to truly live instead of dying daily.
January 15, 2021 at 6:09 am
That is very wisely said. Thank you
January 15, 2021 at 6:19 am
Thank you, your article inspired me.
January 15, 2021 at 1:29 pm
Thank you for that honour.
January 15, 2021 at 8:41 am
Very fitting for today’s times
January 15, 2021 at 1:31 pm
And we need to put it into practice every day
January 15, 2021 at 9:32 am
Amen! I choose to love because Christ first loved me and enables me to do so! ✝️❤
January 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm
And that is why I chose to love others first, because Christ loved me first.
January 17, 2021 at 12:29 pm
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