Thursday, May 4, 2017

"Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethern, love one another fervently with a pure heart.  {1 Peter 1:22}

All of us have that one person, maybe they are a neighbor, or a family member, but they know just how to push your buttons! All they have to do is look in your direction, and you think that they are ready to say something that will make you angry. Nothing is ever said about this, but you just rub one another the wrong way sometimes. Maybe its a parent or spouse, and that can make it ten times harder!

Jesus never told us that we were to do what we can, or make the best of it. He said to love one another. Ugh! "But you don't understand Ann, this person is horrible!" It's not me that said to love one another, it was God. That puts all of us into a pickle doesn't it!

When Jesus says this to us, He doesn't want us to try to do this! It is impossible to love in our own strength, especially cousin so and so, Oh if you just knew what he is like! All of us have a problems with one or the other during our time here on earth, and that's why we need Jesus so darn bad! If we relied on our own strength and love, nothing would happen and God wouldn't get the glory! You just try to love someone who is unlovely in your own strength!

There is incredible power in weakness.The Apostle Paul was told by the Lord, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." {2 Corinthians 12:9} That sounds so ridiculous, how can power and weakness give us anything that's good? In God's economy, it all makes sense! He takes our inabilities and makes us able! Next time you meet that person, take a deep breath, and ask God to give you words of life for them.  Not fake words but His words.You will see how fast things will turn around!

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