[First off, I apologize for not making as many blogs as needed, trust me I will bring more. Please keep me in your prayers and let God work in you as you read them. I love you and God bless you with the richness and peace found in Christ alone.]
"Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!" - Romans 12:14-16 (New Living Translation)
This is a great scripture, but what is it saying to us in these times? How do we apply this properly?
1) Have a godly motive(s) towards people who are against you and people in general. How do you do that? Pray for them, buy them gifts, shower them with love. Give a gift-card to someone from somewhere where they may enjoy, clothing, food, anything. Give someone a nice card. Call someone. When they are brought to your mind, remember that’s the Holy Spirit urging you to pray for them. They could be in a crisis or even worse, suicidal thoughts and your prayer can change and save their life. Take nothing for granted, God is at work in you and them. He is counting on you to be faithful in prayer, regardless of your differences. Buy them a study Bible or a tool for spiritual growth and development. Small things are often big things to God and the smallest things can produce the biggest changes. Give someone a tie. Give someone a prayer in person or private, even if you don’t “like” them or their actions.
We all need prayer and God expects us to pray for others according to 1 Timothy 2:1 “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” Give someone a card with money. Love conquers hate. Always. It can restore a family, heal a broken relationship and cause you to see the best in someone no matter what they have done. You can forgive, you can let go of the past and not bring it up every-time an argument comes, through the blessing and gift of forgiveness and love only provided by the Holy Spirit of God. “Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” – Romans 12:21 (NLT)
2) When you see someone happy or blessed, be happy for them, not envious. When someone is hurt, be there for them. If you don't know what to say, don't talk, sometimes your presence is more necessary. Be a voice without saying a word. Ask God how to respond in times where you don’t always know what to do. He will show you and guide you. “You will show me the way of life.” – Psalm 16:11 (NLT)
3) Live with the purpose of Godly harmony, look beyond the physical and understand we are all people. We all have flaws and inconsistencies, but don't let those cause you to walk away from someone. Be loyal, be trustworthy. If someone isn't, don't be ill-mannered towards them. Embrace what your flesh tells you not to embrace. Be sure to love who your flesh tells you to hate. Knowing that it makes you mature and an example to all people that Christians have a "religion" that is so real that it changes a person from the inside for the good of all people. “In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:45-48 (NLT)
The word “perfect” means MATURE in Greek. Don’t think God expects perfection; that can lead to low self-esteem and self-condemnation when you don’t match up to standards God doesn’t even have for you. Let God work in you! “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” – Philippians 2:13 (NLT) “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” – Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
4) Don't look for people who you think have prominence and think you are better for knowing them. The biggest blessings came from people nobody really knew. Andrew did NO “MIRACLES” in the Bible but you always find him leading people to Jesus. He was always bringing people to Jesus. He brought the little boy with the food to Jesus to feed multitudes based on something small (John 6:8-9) and Peter who later preached at Pentecost (John 1:41-45 & Acts 2). The little boy only had a small meal that produced a huge miracle. The least likely are often the most used by our Father.
5) Don't think you know it all. It doesn't matter how many degrees you get, don't let that make your head bigger than your heart. Be humble and accept yourself as a sheep, a child, someone who deeply needs Gods guidance. Rid yourself of your own ideologies and philosophies and accept the truth, the Word of God (The Bible).
If you do these things, you are 100% certain to be blessed. You may not get a million dollars, but you will have a heart of gold, something money cannot buy but something God can use to change the world and alter the perceptions of people for the greater good of humanity and most importantly, Christianity.
Let this scripture be a lifestyle, a real revelation of God so you can see, sense and feel God at work in you.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” – Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)
Father God, we come before You and ask that the Holy Spirit would reveal deep truths about the scriptures that are posted. Holy Spirit fill us and use us for Your glory. Release us from shackles of shame. Father, bring us into a new season of love for others. Help us to apply these scriptures and let them take root into our lives so much so that it’s a desire that we have and a want deep within us to do it for Your glory, in Jesus Name. Amen.