Have you ever had someone who frequently made remarks or did things to hurt you? Where you found yourself resenting that person and feeling sorry for yourself because you had to put up with their cutting remarks. Such things are known as abuse, and can quite ruin one’s day! Where you cried out to God and said “Lord, how can I handle this?” I want to live peacefully with everyone but it’s hard not to answer back. And when I don’t, it sort of lays on me like a rock!” Where it was hard to not to harbor resentment and anger toward this person. But,you knew if you did that, it would rob you of peace and perhaps cause you to respond unkindly.

If this has ever happen to you this passage in Proverbs 15:1 came to my mind: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Then it made me think of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount about how to deal with those who hurt us. Let me encourage you to instead pray for this person and seek God’s help in being especially friendly and thoughtful toward them.

I have found that love is God’s answer to hostility. What? You maybe saying. Me love that unpleasant person who hurts me? Yes!!! The Lord Jesus gave this recipe in Matthew 5:44. First, he told us to love our enemies and bless them. This sure runs against our earthly grain, doesn’t it? But the Lord can help us do that. And here’s how: Jesus also tells us to pray for our enemies.

Pray for others who have hurt you, the Lord will help us realize that something in their background has probably contributed to the way they speak and act. Often they are miserable people. This should give us a feeling of compassion for them and makes it easier to forgive and pray for them.

The Lord also told us to return good for evil. As we do this we will see God at work.



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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God! Ministry: Lost Sheep Ministries on Facebook

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