“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only,what do you do more than others. Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48
Do you suffer from any of the four conditions mentioned in my title? Maybe someone has a gift or talent you wish you had. Perhaps a person is smaller than you and you struggle with your weight. It could be someone has a personality that just rubs you the wrong way. Maybe you just struggle with being able to like someone because you are so different. Whatever it is know that we are to love, rejoice with others, be happy for the success of others.
When a person starts comparing themselves that is a tool in the enemies arsenal to bring you down. How can you expect to walk in the spirit if you are acting fleshly? It is impossible. Satan will rob your joy, your peace, and make you start having wrong thinking patterns. Love, true Christian love, means just that. Love. Period. How can you say you are loving and walking with Christ if you can not truly let envy, jealousy, dislike, and hatred go?
Your assignment,and hopefully you will accept it, is to capture wrong thinking and start making yourself love those you would rather not mess with. Ugliness attitudes should not find a home in your life. If you struggle, give it to God to transform you. That is His specialty.
PRAYER: Lord just loving those who love me is no big deal but really trying to love those who humanly may annoy me is a job that can only be done through Christ. If I claim to know you I need to let earthly feelings of resentment, hurt, anger, envy and many others go. I give any and all of this to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.