If I can be honest, sometimes the last thing on my mind when I’m angry or upset at someone who is evil, malicious or just out to get me is to ask God to bless him or her. My initial reaction would be to confront them & speak my mind but I have found that hasn’t always been the wisest thing to do. There have been times when I would act on impulse only to feel horrible & regret it shortly after – other times, my pride & stubborn ways wouldn’t allow me to feel bad for days. Just being honest. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can relate; however, the good thing is that I acknowledge it & it’s not something I’m proud of.
As a follower of Christ, I have to remind myself on a daily basis that I must extend the same love, grace & forgiveness to the most undeserving as my Heavenly Father extends it to me day-to-day. Though we have no control of other people’s actions or what comes out of their mouths, we DO have control over our own. I can CHOOSE to be all in my feelings & react OR I can CHOOSE to take some time to calm down, think about the consequences & even ask myself, “Is it even worth it?” – Sometimes when you look back at a situation it probably wasn’t even that big of a deal but that may not always be the case.
Regardless of the situation, I have learned to pray about it. It’s very easy to point out the wrong in others but when I pray I ask God to search my heart & reveal to me if there is anything I’ve done wrong, I ask Him for wisdom to do what’s right (let me just mention – doing the right thing may not always feel good but we must be WILLING to do what’s honorable to God – not self), I ask for forgiveness then I pray for the person who is trying to cause me harm. I ask God to forgive them as well & bless them rather than wish them bad karma. Like I always like to say, I am FAR from perfect as we ALL fall short of the glory of God but it’s a conscience decision & effort I must make day to day to live in a way that honors God & be the best example of Christ in order to display His love, grace & forgiveness – even if I may look like a “sucka”! At the end of the day, I can rest peacefully knowing my heart is pure & my mind is at peace! #LetGoLetGod 🙌🕇🌻