The Bonding Power of Prayer

Ooh! The nerve of some people! Especially, the people I come in contact with everyday. They can be the most backstabbing and betraying people around me. “And why is that?” I asked myself. Then it dawned on me because they are closest to me. They know me. They have earned “the right” to openly criticize or make commentary about my daily walk. And, oh, does it hurt sometimes.

There was a time that “lashing out” in revenge was my natural reaction. No longer. I’ve learned to measure such accosting behavior with “The Golden Rule.” I now measure and weigh it with this question, “Do I do the same thing?” Nearly every time, the answer is yes.

So how do you make lemonade out of such personal attacks? Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 gives us the exact instructions and the reasons for them: “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Now, this isn’t how you should treat everyone, as much as it special instructions about those you work with, worship with and live with. Those closest to you. This instructions in love and praise so that you may know God’s will for you.

Now, stop writing that mean Facebook post about your least favorite person of the moment and pray for them, instead. It will dissolve the chip on your shoulder and free you. Forgiveness is like that. Keep it up today and you may just be an answer to someone’s prayers.

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