Today's Reading: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17
When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah. Genesis 26:34-35
Do you have relationships in your life that are “a grief of mind”? Think about those people that torment your thoughts. It is as if you just can’t get along with them no matter how hard you try and you can’t accept who they are or what they do no matter how much you pray. But for some reason, you can’t escape the relationship either. I have noticed that even if I remove myself from close encounters with people that are a grief of mind, the Lord places another relationship just like it into my life again. Why does He do that? These people quench our peace and for moments, rob us of joy. Why can’t we just live life without personality conflicts?
The answer has to do with the greatest commandments. We love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength and we also need to love others as ourselves. It is so much easier to love those that are loveable. But Jesus says in Luke 6:32-36 that “if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” God wants us to learn mercy, kindness, thankfulness and love. We can’t love God with everything we have and then not love others. We can have people in life that are a grief of mind but God desires that we learn to love with His heart, touch with His hands and see through His eyes. We can only do that through a dependency on the Lord through His Holy Spirit. God wants us to be more like Him and He can change us if we work with Him through all this.
To overcome these personal conflicts, try stepping back from the relationship and pray that you can have a discernment to change the dynamics of the relationship. That person may not ever change but you can. Be proactive in prayer if you know that you will be with that person. And ask the Lord to nudge your spirit before you act out in the flesh. Slowly but surely, you will have the victory and God will get the glory.
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