Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8
None of us are God. Only He can be Judge, King, Master, and Ruler of all. We also don’t love unconditionally as our Father loves us. We have so many conditions that we have even placed conditions on our relationship with Him. The servant has conditions for the Master, and we wonder why we have so many problems.
None of us are Jesus, and this is clear since none of us have the compassion and willingness to forgive and let go immediately the sins of another. We forgive with conditions. We forgive yet hold on to the issues. We forgive until we have an excuse to stop forgiving. None of us listen with the ear and heart of Jesus. We listen just to reply, and reply just to have a position. Our hearts have a thermostat on them that is regulated by us, because we don’t want to release control to God.
We say we want to be more like Jesus, that we want to be righteous Christians and servants of our Father, yet daily we make choices to the contrary. Daily we place conditions on our relationships with others. Daily we say, “I will love you if…” and that “if” is a condition of us seeking to control the relationship and that person. Basically, some of us are saying, “I love you if you obey me” and we forget that we are not God. We don’t obey Him so who are we to expect or demand obedience from others?
We fail in our attempts to be good sheep when we dump our issues and insecurities on others. When we lash out at others, demean them, curse at and to them, yell at them, and make them feel less than worthy of praise and compassion.
Pray to God to release you from the darkness that would have you feel as though you are more superior and entitled than others based on your religion, looks, race, gender, title, family name, address, car, material possessions, credit score, social affiliation, the balance in your bank account, or anything else.
No one should be treated as though they are a creature, as though they are a pet to be used for enjoyment and control. Remember that God is looking at how you treat all of His children. He could care less how much you donate to charity or volunteer in the community. If you spend the rest of your time disrespecting His children, then you have cancelled out the good that you have done.
If you disrespect your spouse or significant other, cheat on them, treat them as though they are only here to serve you, and make you look and feel good—then God has a response for that action.
If you talk down to people, treat them as though they are less than, as though they are their job title or their circumstances, then God has a way of dealing with that also.
God balances out the darkness with His light. He balances out the bad with good. God always makes things right.
We are all servants, none of us better than the other, and none of us guaranteed a spot on the right side of God. It is our daily walk and how we treat ourselves, and each other, that determines how our life on Earth will be, and how our life will be in the next level of existence.
We all have a choice.
Father before I encounter one of Your children, touch my heart so that it is warm. No matter what issues I may be dealing with I don’t want other people to be negatively impacted. Let me always be compassionate to others needs and feelings. I want other people to always feel respected and appreciated by me. I want people to leave feeling good and feeling Your love that came through me.
Father let me listen more, speak when necessary and only with Your guidance. Let me forgive and let go rather than say I have forgiven, only to rehash the issues later, or be devoured by the internalized poison.
Humbly I pray to You. Amen.
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