I was talking to another mother the other day and she confessed that she sometimes
doesn’t like her son very much.
I think most mothers can relate to this. We feel guilty for even thinking it, but even
though we love our children, we don’t always like them.
It kind of makes me wonder about God. He always loves us, but does he always like
us? Ouch, that kind of stings a little, doesn’t it? I want to be someone that God likes
AND loves, how about you?
But back here on earth -- what should we do when we encounter someone that just
annoys us, disrespects us and makes our blood pressure rise?
I guess the first thing I would recommend is to take DEEP breaths! Stop whatever you
are doing, go outside, go into a closed room, go into your car, but go somewhere where
you can be alone with God. Start praying IMMEDIATELY. Keep taking deep breaths!
Ask Him to supernaturally change your heart and mind towards the object of your
disdain – whether it be your child, your spouse, co-worker or friend. Repent of any
anger or hatred towards this person, and PRAY for them! You may also need help with
setting boundaries so pray for that too!
God can change your like into love. He really can do it! (But you have to want to
Matthew 19:26: And looking, Yeshua said to them, “With men this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
By: Ethel Chadwick
I am a sucker for a good movie – especially one that is all about redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation. Recently I went with a friend to see “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the life of “Mercy Me” vocalist Bart Millard. I am sure that many people could relate to this young man’s experience.
How many of us have, at some time during our life, been abused – either verbally or physically – by someone who was supposed to love us?
The movie shows how anger and unforgiveness can destroy other relationships and that submitting to God can change lives.
Whether you see the movie or not, I just want to encourage you to ask God to help you forgive. Holding onto bitterness, anger and unforgiveness can block the healing that you so desperately need and want.
Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!!!
Ephesians 4:26: Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath
Matthew 6:14-15: If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.