Does anyone else, or maybe everyone else, have at least one person that when you see a text, email or their number on your phone think, “WHAT DO THEY WANT THIS TIME?!?” Because, due to their history you already know there is going to be some kind of hateful message coming. Never anything kind or decent, they just ooze hate and contempt, for anyone and everyone. Never contacting anyone unless they find, or fabricate, some reason to have their anger directed at the one they decided to message. They just try to find any reason to be offended and get angry, at anyone. You wonder why they hate you and others so much. I have some that are that way and I used to get annoyed, frustrated, angry with their behavior, then God showed me that the behavior I see is not really anger and hate at the person that is the focus of the tirade, but rather that these people hate themselves and have to direct that anger onto others.
So, now I just let them vent, usually, even if unfairly directed at me, I know they are wrong in what they say and try to give soft answers to calm the wrath. Turn the other cheek, again and again. Love them with the love of Christ, forgive them and pray for them.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 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;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5: 43-48
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
While those that show you hate may not be enemies, they bear ill will and hate so in that regard, perhaps. But, they are usually directing the hate they feel for themselves onto others. And, are even more in need of Christian love and prayers than one knows. I will pray that the misery they feel ceases and they find the peace of Christ.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for the guidance and knowledge You are giving me. I pray that those who direct hate at me seek in themselves what it is they hate and deal with it rather through You. I ask You to give me patience and tolerance while dealing with this trial. I thank You for the faith, love, forgiveness and the redemption from my sins through Your Son, Jesus. I pray that You work in the hearts of loved ones that they find the love and salvation only You can offer. Draw us all closer to You.
In the name of Jesus I offer my prayers to You.
Once again, I thank all who read this blog. I hope that you are blessed and are able to pass blessings on to others as you go about your lives today.