When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats, Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23 NIV)
In the last days- people will be lovers of themselves. Why are we surprised when interacting with such individuals? They really are distractions to people of faith, walking with purpose. We have to guard our hearts and minds to stay focused. This has been one of my toughest lessons in life- because to love like God loves, we will love them.
Loving trumps liking. I don’t necessarily think an attitude would be correct to say we can love someone and not like them. However, we are to love our enemies. Bless them when they hate us. Until I became convicted- reading scripture, my attitude did not reflect mercy. Low mercy equates high irritableness.
Two powerful life lessons learned:
- The key verse helping me change my attitude toward enemies- I pictured Proverbs 25:22- In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Now…when relationships with Jesus begin- we’re quite worldly minded. Back in the day- this was a kind gesture. For me, it increased my smile. However, as I transitioned from a world mindset into a God pleasing mindset, angst no longer underlined my smile. I now give genuine smiles without a glitch. When people love themselves- their interactions are of competitive nature and motives impure. They need Jesus and Jesus now works through you and me. It’s a gradual process, yet will be one most appreciated.
- Driving one day- I was hit with a spiritual rock. If I wanted to receive mercy, then I had to offer mercy. Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, they shall receive mercy. This straightened my attitude quick. Thankful God’s mercies are new every morning.
We can definitely trust God to judge justly. We never know what/how God wants to work in someone- by having us remove worldly attitudes- offering His love. God may be changing another’s heart reflecting His goodness. This my friend- worth learning every life lesson.