Godly Standing in Conflict

As Christians we do not have to show up for every argument we are invited to. If we stand firmly on the Word of God, it is His Word and His Spirit that defend us.
 
Behave Like a Christian
Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another;
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath;
for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
We do not need to rail against each other or convince others that we have been wronged. God knows. He is already working on it, through it. (it may have even been part of His plan) He sees the entire situation and it is His Spirit that guides the hearts and minds of true believers. It is that guidance that should determine our actions. Pray for your enemies, lift them up to the God who saves, the God who shapes us and makes us His own. He is the healer, the corrector, the one who loves us in our sin, despite our shortcomings and sees us at our worst as His beloved. He is humility and righteousness and our undeserved grace.
 
Sometimes, just getting out of His way and letting Him work, brings the righting that is required to be in His true council and to reconcile us all to His plan and His heart. God may be using you to bring another of His beloved into His Light for transforming. He is at work all around us. Love your enemies. Pray for them and lift them up in the genuine love He has shown us, when in our own sin, we were His enemy, but now are accepted, redeemed and washed clean.
 
Be amazed and watch His plan unfold, through your obedience, as He works. Sometimes it is through you, sometimes it is through others for you and sometimes it is through the conviction of the Holy Spirit in each of us but it is amazing to have our eyes and hearts opened even for those who hate us and spitefully use us for their own agenda.
 
Thank you Jesus, because I am a new person. A person who loves harmony and grace, and who loves so gratefully, the God who provides them! You have made me new. You have given me a heart of flesh and taken away my heart of stone.
 
Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;
I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
 
You are my redeemer and my defender. Thank you Jesus. Amen!
 
Releasing anger, fear and the perceptions of others, in exchange for the peace that surpasses our understanding, is a precious gift of our understanding WHO we are in Christ!
We are new creations in Christ!
 
Philippians 4:6-8 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy
—meditate on these things.
 
 
Pray for your enemy. In God’s eyes, he is your brother…….just as we are now brothers and sisters of Christ in Christ. This is love thy neighbor……It is commanded, not suggested. Remember WHO you are but also remember WHO’S you are. In the end, we are all fighting the same fight and we all answer to the same God even if we don’t all know it. – Shalom.

Elizabeth Schear (6)

I want to work with people in hospice who are facing the end of life and their families for the salvation and peace of all involved. I want to earn my chaplaincy certificate and get my bachelors degree in Christian Counseling. I'm a work in progress!

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