Romans 12:4Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is how to deal with circumstances that you do not control: and people that are hostile towards you. To be ridiculed, abused, betrayed or simply talked bad about is difficult to go through without feeling the need for retaliation. Our human nature seems skewed towards vengeance and getting even. But Jesus taught another way. His plan was contrary to how we feel and how we are wired. In fact, to be like Him requires some reprogramming and some new strategies!

Jesus said to “bless those that persecute you”. Instead of raising your fist, raise a prayer. Instead of a smack down try a lift up. Bless and don’t curse. He said He would take care of the situations. He will always allow justice to prevail. The timing may not be what you had planned on but the end result will be better than you ever expected! Time spent getting even would be better spent getting ahead. So take the high road. When we bless we release our method of justice and make way for God to take over. His ways are always better than ours. Blessing those that persecute us will never frustrate us, it will always elevate us!

James 1:12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.


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