“It is not an enemy who taunts me—
I could bear that.
It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—
I could have hidden from them.
Instead, it is you—my equal,
my companion and close friend.
What good fellowship we once enjoyed
as we walked together to the house of God.”
These verses explain it perfectly. I read those and was just blown away. God knows what’s hurting me; it’s in His own book!
And as I sat thinking about what was going on, last night’s lesson hit me. The fruits of the spirit.
Regardless of how this individual is treating me, it is my responsibility to respond with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Okay, so what does it mean to respond with love?
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud, or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Catch the theme? Love is pretty much the biggest one. I think if I can get the love down, the rest will fall into place. After all,
” “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
So, what initially seems like something really bad, isn’t so bad since it’s going to teach me how to respond with the fruits of the spirit, including love-Jesus style.
Amazing. The Bible is definitely not kidding when it says:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
So next time life seems to give you lemons, jump in the Word and see how God intends to make it lemonade :)
Then, sit back, sip the delicious lemonade, and thank Him for it!
P.S. God already worked it for good. Amazing! :) Now we’re even closer friends than we were before. God is truly awesome :)