“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with fairness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
You cannot force a person into peace. The unrest will remain inside even if forced for a bit into submission.
But you can bring a willingness for peace to a person over time with love.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe.❤
I have long known the bit about God using the broken beautifully. I have lived it. But in my case, it was my choice to be broken. How so? God wanted me because my Grandmas and Aunts were praying for Him to want me and I was proud and rebellious. I would not humble my heart to God with any of His many gentle nudges. So I had to be broken to have a chance to be humbled. God loved me enough and answered their prayers enough to break me to save my soul. I am excessively thankful and God can break me anytime I need it. I choose to stay humble, though, because I see it’s value. I realize you cannot have a relationship with God puffed up with pride. If broken gets you humble, be thankful for the broken. If broken does not lead to humble, it is wasted and may need to be repeated. Accept the lesson for it means you are loved enough to endure some temporary earthly pain to gain eternal glory. Someone is praying for God to draw close to you. Be thankful. Choose truly humble of heart to draw close to God who can make everything better inside- peace and joy and all.😄❤
“Perfect love casts away all fear.” ❤
People, religions, churches, nations, homes rule with fear worldwide. This is not God’s plan or makeup. God’s way is love. We are to worship and serve Him because we love Him for loving us. We respect Him because whoever rejects Him, He will reject for eternity, but we are not driven by that. We are driven by love. Love of Jesus Christ drove Him to die and rise from death for us. Love of God sent us the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen us. Love wrote down the Bible for us to learn from and follow. Love created such beauty the best poet has difficulty voicing. Love protects and supports, values and encourages. Reject those who mean to rule you with fear and embrace the passionate love of God. It is as it should be then, you will be righting a number of wrongs.😄❤
I heard a great quote that I want to take further. He quote was from a guy on YouTube who said this:
“Just because we have different viewpoints doesn’t mean we have to hate each other.”
And I want to tell you the key to executing that mindset, because it is a necessary one for any group of people living in the same family, country, workplace, earth. Here is the secret key: Ready? Wait for it…
Care more about God then yourself and other people as much as yourself.
It is that simple. Really? Yep. It is the heart of the matter, pun intended. If we simply follow these 10 commandments, reduced down to two, with a humility and the fruits of the Spirit, the world would be flipped upside down, or actually would be made right.
A difference of opinion would not induce hatred but maybe a conversation or acceptance of a different viewpoint.
Families would be stronger, as each would love God first and foremost and want to please Him and then would love each other as much as themselves so nothing would be done for self that harms another but instead each would support and encourage each other.
Words and actions would be done from love and not from hate or its counterparts greed or envy or folly or self-interest etc. Love views things quite differently, sacrificially even.
Ah, just thinking of God’s original design is wonderful. We can help by adopting such a world and heart view and implementing it. And if enough of us do this, wow!😄❤
Today we shared our day with loving family, our Great Aunts Evelyne and Ellen down in Sebring, Fl. Yes, it is a bit of a drive, but always worth our monthly visits. We usually help them with odd jobs or big jobs they are no longer able to do themselves, but just visiting with someone who loves you and is family lifts and encourages and energizes me greatly. I love family. Family comes in various flavors too. I have dear friends I consider family. I have my band family. I have my church family. I have my blood family of course. But these people are valuable to me and time with them is my lifeblood. Having a family is having love. And if the family you are.born with is not as they should be, in life and in Christ, we adopt family!! Woo hoo!😄❤