Saturday, November 6, 2010

Part 2. Is this for real . . . ?

Have you been into a situation of being humiliated in front of people by someone close to you? Or have you been hurled with painful and hurting words direct from the mouth of the one you expected to be there for you through thick and thin.  I guess it’s pretty tough to hear and at the same time being exhibited with sour reactions. It’s one thing to get cared of but a real different thing to get hurt with.

Revenge is not the answer to get calmed down. It’s a tricky kind of a thing. How many put-downs will equal to one insult? How many wrongs will make a right?  When is enough revenge enough?  The Lord tells us that we are to give up such things to Him. In an honest act of forgiveness we can cut the endless act of a wrong, followed by an act of revenge, followed by . . . “Do not make revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath for it is written: ”It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (Rom. 12:19; NIV)

 In our world of ever-increasing pressures, it is comforting to know that we are serving a God of order.  He can help us bring these inner wars to a cease fire. When we hand over the control of our living to Him. His terms of peace are always on our side. But somehow, to this end, choices are ours to make.  It matters on who controls our being and whose Lordship  we follow.  

  Is it really possible that actions and words of mouth can change feelings? Let’s try this definition for What love is and does: Love is an action directed to another person that is motivated by our relationship to Jesus Christ and is given freely without a personal reward in mind.

 Love, when applied to life situations, is the factor which makes our home operate smoothly. Love is always the oil in any kind of human relationship. Love is the key to mend the feelings and emotions of love . . . making your home a much more pleasant place in which to live. You may not always “feel” like loving or being loved. . . but remember that your actions of love can change the feelings and emotions of love! Let your loving actions lead the way in your living!

 Love is a very special kind of gift . . . in order to be loved it is given without thought of a reward coming back. Let’s always remember to love in action as well as in words. Apostle Paul was so particular in I Corinthians 13:4 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres . . . love never fails.”

So what if life has collapsed around you, relationships have fallen apart, friendships are gone? There is always the possibility of starting all over again! Take heart, my friend. Today can be a new day! You can make a new start. The problems that have come into your life are an opportunity to give it another go. Build the friendship once more! There is always hope and help for you when you build on God’s Word!

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.
 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!
 I have overcome the world (John 16:33)

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