Yeah that does sound crazy, just reading it. Why on earth would you want to bless your enemy when all that they do is try harm you? I’d like to share with you my wonderful experience, an experience we have ALL encountered and still do daily.
I was employed by a company 3 months ago this month, I have truly been blessed with this new position and I am so very grateful to God. When I started here I had the usual girls that I think you find at any new job that were hard on me, the type that made you just want to run home and scream and cry in your pillow. Things started to get a little better within the second month, only I had found myself heartbroken when the truth revealed itself about what is really going on behind closed doors. I wanted to be the better person as we all should want to be in these situations, but I felt no peace in my heart, I felt no better than they were even when I shut my mouth, even though I never spoke a bad word of them, even though I tried to be forgiving and hope that they would see the good intentions that I have, nothing good came of it and I could not quite understand it cause all that was happening was that I was getting more tensed up, anxiety was running through me like the blood in my veins, I started telling people how these girls were bringing out the evil side of me, I started threatening in my heart that when they would do something again that I would break them down and make them feel smaller then small. This bothered me so much that I did not speak, think or give attention to anything else but this situation.
My life after hours started to get affected and I became an extremely unhappy person, my friends that saw me after work hours did not know who I was, they told me that I was withdrawn, that I was not myself at all, that my face looked cold and, that I seemed angry with everyone and everything around me and they told me that it was not pleasant to be in my presence although they felt very sorry for me I was just one wreck that no one and nothing could justify. After a week or two of this going on I came home one evening and felt drawn to my Bible, something not all of us always feel very drawn to often. I told my roommates that I would read Bible for a bit not thinking that it wouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Only God had a different plan in mind for me, I decided to open my Bible from the back and look under *Worry and Anxiety* as that was what I was going through mainly.
I read Matthew and with the first line read I was grabbed, God spoke to me directly, it could not be any more clear and loud to me to how blind I was. Jesus opened my eyes wide!!! In Matthew Jesus speaks of two different paths we can take in our lives, the broad way that leads to destruction and the narrow way that leads to life. Emotions tempt us to take the easy way, to do what feels good for the moment. Wisdom moves us to take the way that seems hard at first, but later on we find that it leads to life. In Matthew Jesus also tells us not to judge others for our own good; He does not want us to be judged in return. Reading through Matthew made me realize why it is that I have been so terribly unhappy, the spirits that those girls carry have been distracting me from what is really important, my first priority *Jesus*, the anger and hurt that they have put on my heart had made me revengeful towards them *my evil side I felt come out* and that has opened doors for those unclean spirits to trample on what is Holy in my life *being unhappy after hours, not being myself, being unpleasant to be around, nothing of Christ etc* (Matthew 12:43-45)
Matthew made me realize that I was never at peace being the better person in the beginning cause I never really meant it, I was fake at heart cause I wanted to do the godly thing, BUT I never wanted to do it, I felt I HAD to do it, which made it fake and had no effect to what it really would have done if I had really meant it in my heart. Colossians 3:12-13 “God has chosen you. You are holy and loved by Him. Because of this, your new life should be full of loving pity. You should be kind to others and have no pride. Be gentle and be willing to wait for others. Try to understand other people. Forgive each other. If you have something against someone, forgive him. That is the way the Lord forgave you.”
I then decided to go to work the next day and REALLY be the better person, I would show them that I WILL love them with God’s love, that I WANT to be kind, that I WILL NOT judge them, I WILL mean all that I do or say in my heart and let Jesus shine even brighter than before, no matter what they would throw at me next. After reading Bible that evening I had a joy that ran through me like never before, I was dancing in my room, laughing, singing, crying with joy and praising God for the peace He had placed on me, that I felt myself again, I then prayed for God to clean me of all unclean spirits and forgive me for what I had been blinded to with a bubbly excitement to go to work the next day, it was going to be easy cause God had cleaned me and He had gave me the love I needed to do this.
When I got to work the next day I started it off with greeting them very politely *meaning it truly* the look on their faces were priceless, they never saw this coming, I tried to work close to them in every way possible and show them the love of Jesus through me and let me tell you something, I was not bothered by what they had said behind my back that day, I was 100% peace, my heart overflowed with joy ALL day and I was truly happy, I felt like the better person. Now my dear brothers and sisters, saying that you love them with the love of Jesus and doing it are two different things, it’s easy to say but will you do it? Will you bless your enemy and show them kind hearted love? 1 Peter 1:22 “You have made your souls pure by obeying the truth through the Holy Spirit. This has given you a true love for the Christians. Let it be true love from the heart.” As parents, friends, employers, co-workers, husbands, wives and children- all of us need to make a commitment to love with our words and to build confidence in others. Every word we speak can be a brick to build with or a bulldozer to destroy. Choose your words carefully, according to Matthew 12:36 you will have to account for the idle thoughtless things you say. Words are seeds; they are containers for power. Creative and destructive power, for bad and good harvest in *your life*. Careful that you do not let those unclean spirits roam in your life like they did in me for that short time being cause you will then be standing next in line to those who have done you harm and judged you, to be judged by God, where judgment will REALLY count.
No they have not changed their attitude towards me, but you know what I WILL NOT stop, Jesus is so strong within my heart that it hasn’t bothered me once. It can happen to you if you allow Him to work in and out of you my friends.
We should all want to be more like Jesus my brothers and sisters, reading about Him last night made me so envious, I want to be more like Jesus, I want to be less about myself and more for others and mostly more for GOD!!!
Matthew 12:33 Says that a tree is known by it’s fruit. The same is true in our lives. Thoughts bear fruit , if we think good thoughts, the fruit in our lives will be good. If we think bad thoughts, the fruit in our lives will be bad. We can look at a persons attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in his life. A sweet person does not have mean, vindictive thoughts. By the same token, a truly evil person does not have good, loving thoughts. Your thoughts determine your results in life, so think good and bear fruit. *Joyce Meyer*
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle word they speak.
Matthew 13:3-26 *Really important to remind yourself about what Jesus tells us about the seeds that get thrown in different places* (Read it.)
John 13:34-35 “I give you a new law. You are to love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers”.
Romans 12:9-10 Be sure your love is true love. Hate what is sinful. Hold on to whatever is good. Love each other as Christian brothers. Show respect for each other.
1 John 4:7-8 Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. Those who do not love do not know God because God is love.
*Be more like Jesus, less about you and more for GOD!!*
Lord we stand beforeYou today, just to praise You Lord!! We thank You for blessing us in thee most ugly situations Lord, it’s not easy without You Lord, but it is a pleasurable easy when You Lord are apart of these lessons we learn, it is a pleasure to be more godly with the love that You put upon our hearts Lord, the narrow road is tough when we look at it in flesh, but Lord the narrow road in spirit is such a pleasure, it is so joyful and exciting. We thank You Lord for making all things better, for being the reason we look at life worth living and for being so true to us Lord!!! We love You Lord and desire to be more like You, less of ourselves and more for Your will and plan for our lives. In Jesus Name Amen!!!