The Kingdom - Prayer
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;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
OK, my dear peeps. This one hit hard...I do mean hard. A cross between a bang on the head with a rock and a punch in the arm! See, because I am human and not perfect, there are things inside of me that are not Christ like and it is my part to submit my will (choice) to God when the Holy Spirit shows me something not Christ like that I do, say, think, or feel.
I know, lol, you're all so shocked that I am not perfect. ROFLOL If you've read my journals, you're probably wondering what kind of over-haul job did God take on! ROFLOL
First, I was raised "to be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect". That right there was so taken out of context in my youth, that I figured if I were going to hell for something small, I would make it really worth my while! For years, sorrowfully, I did just that. I shudder at the mercy God showed me by allowing me to live through those escapades of my youth! I'm sure I caused many a guardian angel to retire, to sit in the corner shaking and screaming "I QUIT!" or yelling "HEY! I'M GONNA NEED MAJOR BACKUP!" Of course I'm joking as angels are more than adequately able to do God's bidding but they cannot make us go against our free will. I'm sure they whispered many many times in my ear......
Now to the lesson. See, to be honest, there are just some people that gripe me. Just seeing their number on caller ID, just seeing them pull into my driveway, just hearing their name makes me want to scream and slap someone. Yes, peeps, I know this is NOT Christ like. These are the type of people that you know from great past experience that soon as you have any contact with them, yep, they're going to want something and you're going to get to pay. However, this is still no excuse for my attitude, thoughts, or reaction.
So, wanting my will (choices) to be in perfect alignment with God, wanting nothing in my heart or life that was displeasing to God, wanting nothing to block God's working power in my life, I bowed my knees and just told God straight up what I thought, what I felt and that I didn't want this in my life to please remove it.
Well, peeps. That's a fine request, one that God is more than willing to answer because He wants us to be Christ like (Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.).
After prayer, which I honestly meant, God kept poking me with this bit of scripture. So I looked it up in the concordance. God would help me but I had a part to play...prayer. I thought, "God, I honestly don't even know how to pray for these people. Sure, God, they need to be saved and accept Jesus as their Saviour, but how do I pray?" Well, that's in the first part, love, blessings, acts of kindness. MAN WAS THIS GOING TO BE A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW! However, I knew God would honor my sincere attempts to do this. This is the point that you just have to fake it till you feel it.
Feelings are not the deciding factor, my will (choice) is. So, fake it till I feel it and God knows I am really trying to do as His word commands. Notice it isn't asking? It is not optional for children of the Father.
Now, back to the perfect thing that was always taken out of context and made me feel horrid as a youth. It is not saying I must be perfect, but it is saying that I am not to make a difference between how I treat people. See, God rains on the just & the unjust? Treats them the same. See God shines the sun on the just & the unjust? Treats them the same. So, that is what being perfect is....not that I hit it 100% of the time, but always watching myself to see that I am doing my best to be fair and just to all, not picking and choosing whom to be Christ like too.
Because it also tells us, what reward is there in being nice to those who are nice to us? NONE! Heck, it's easy to be nice when our "flesh" is being conjoled and treated with respect, etc. But, the true meekness and love of Christ shines forth in the darkness when people are rude and we remain sweet; when people are users and we remain polite; you get the idea. It also sends their "tilt" button off and will be a witness for Christ because we show mercy and not treat them the way they deserve because they have just treated us poorly. And yes, deep down, they KNOW it.
So, I'm taking my "medicine" by praying and looking at their side of the fence so I can understand their motives. I'd act like that too if I were raised with the attitudes and treatment they were raised with. When I think of them like that, I feel sorry for them. It must be a very lonely life to live thinking you have to make people do things for you because the whole world is out to take advantage of you and you'd better take advantage of them first. Now, really, when I think as they must, I hurt for them. That's when I can sincerely pray for them and love them and bless them as my Father says I should do.
Later, my peeps, hope this helps with your lives as well.