~Joy & Peace~ Evidence of the Spirit residing in me

I want to share one of the lessons I learned throughout the last many months that has created peace in my life…

NOT to treat others the way they treat you. Let me say that again, NOT to treat others the way they treat you. Contrary to the worldly view, I do not have to respond to disrespect with disrespect or an eye for an eye or petty with petty. I can treat you with the peace that reside in me through the Holy Spirit. It is ONLY because of Him (Matthew 11:29) that I can smile at you and with you and genuinely mean it because He is humble and He is in me. It was a cleansing of the heart (Psalm 139:23) and a long process to shift my thought that the world had engrained in my mind and heart for so long. So I have found peace in allowing the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) to flow through me and guide my interactions with others. When the time comes I will be judged on MY actions and how I responded, NOT on how you treated me and for that I can’t allow your lack of faith and obedience influence my behavior (Proverbs 14:14).

I promise you when you change your mindset and allow God to captivate your thoughts and have you ENTIRE heart, the peace & joy you have no one can take away, no circumstance can change it as well. He will begin to use you to shine His light through you and YES that means especially to the people that we don’t like, who have treated us unfairly, mean and disrespectful (the ones we said we would never speak to again)! His main purpose is to gather Kingdom followers and the only way to do that is with love (Matthew 28:19)💜

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