Romans 12:9-21 New International Version (NIV)
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another.Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
MY MINDSET ~
It's hard at times to be nice to people who have wronged you.
My life experience has been one of hard times in years past. When people tell you to silent your voice, you miss out on things in life. People told me that I should just go hide away and keep myself away from people. Just like being a kid, people didn't want to talk to me. Friendships were not in my little kid life at all. All the harsh words just piled up and my heart became broken from treatment from others. So now I learn that I am to forgive people who hurt me or wronged me. I need to overcome evil with good. All words in the Bible and so powerful. Actions does speak louder than words. Easy to say but much harder to do.
BE JOYFUL ~
I know see where God has brought my life from and work daily on myself. I am who I am and not everybody will agree or even like me. I know someone who said I will never forgive you in life! wow never in life is a very long time. Words replay, but I must learn press forward. The negative words and the past can hold us back from blessings in our now and the future. Let us learn to take positive words and use them!
Somethings we will never understand in life, but maybe we wasn't suppose to understand. We need to press forward into the plan God. In all seasons, there are changes and we learn to adapt to them. In our own lives, we see change on a daily bases and must trust God through it all. I love how God connects our lives to others. We were never meant to handle things alone. God's love is action and our love to others is action too!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.