January 04, 2005

It Is So Hard Sometimes

I find it so difficult sometimes to keep a sweet Christian spirit when people are being ugly to me. Especially when they are accusing me of things that I do not do or hurting my children...or just neglecting them in some way. It's even more difficult when someone that is supposed to be your friend takes advantage of you or makes a mistake then blames it on you. I try to remember that God knows the truth and I still have plenty to be thankful for. THAT is the easy part. THEN I remember that I am supposed to be sweet to these people anyway and pray for them....and that is hard. But then there is more. A friend reminded me that we are to do this without complaining....and that is EXTREMELY hard when you feel like you or your children have been dumped on.

Today I decided to pray and seek God's help in this matter and see what kind of scripture references I could come up with that would help me. The verse that popped up on my calendar was, "The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness." PROVERBS 11:5 I'd better work on seeking God to perfect me and direct my way and let the wicked take care of themselves........and we'd better pray for them because their end will be an unpleasant one. Other verses that helped follow....

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 MATTHEW 5:44

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. PROVERBS 25:21-22

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil. LUKE 6:35

My friend also reminded me that our troubles are only for a season and that we needed to go through these seasons to learn and grow and for God to teach and use us in the way that He needs to. I have found this to be true so many times in the past but hindsight is so much better.... :o) Anyway, while pondering this, I think about God's grace. Grace means 'forgiving mercy, favour, kindness, and friendship.' If God can forgive me and show me grace as great as He is, then who am I not to do it for others like He wants me to? Even if I have to do it daily.

Posted by Barbara at January 4, 2005 05:49 PM