His Encouragement – Doing good for others

Welcome to another edition of His Encouragement, a weekly post my blogger friends and I do to lift your spirits and help you get through your week! 

Are there people in your life that you just don’t like? Someone who has changed over the years, or maybe even let you down? I have that right now, someone I have worked with for 12 years now. This person used to be compassionate, used to have a heart. I enjoyed conversing with this person and in some ways looked up to them. But somewhere along the way this person changed. Maybe money and power took over, as it tends to do in a sin filled world.

Something happened this week that kind of put me over the edge (pray for me, I am still human as well). In these past several months with all the health issues I am having, this person has not once shown an ounce of concern. In fact, we barely talk to each other anymore. The other day this person came in my office to make sure I was going to get all my files caught up before I leave for surgery, but made it a point to say that one of the big bosses was concerned about me. Not once did this person even hint about caring themselves. Not the same person I started working with twelve years ago.

So why am I sharing this? Because perhaps we all have a similar experience. Or maybe there is a person in your life that you just have absolutely no regard for, and don’t know what to do about it. The bible is full of answers. Even in my anger, hurt and disappointment this week, God’s Word has still spoken to me. I may not have liked the message, but sometimes that happens too. The thing is, God shows us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear.

Here’s the verse He showed me…..

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

Luke 6:27

This was just one of many verses that have been in my reading this week. And every verse has a similar theme – I have to love my enemies. I have to forgive. I have to treat others well, even if they don’t treat me well. Yes, it’s a hard pill to swallow. Yes, I am still upset. But, if I apply these bible truths to my heart, and act in a Godly manner, I know that God will take care of the rest. He can do the same for you my friend. If you have a similar situation, I encourage you to give it all to the Lord. Share with Him your frustrations, your hurts, and your heart. Ask Him to change your mindset, and do do good to those who hate you. I promise you when we enter the kingdom of heaven we will not regret doing this! In fact, the only regret we might have is not going it more often 🙂

What’s been on your heart this week friends? I hope you’ll share in the comments, and please don’t forget to visit my friends and see what they’re sharing this week!

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Becca @ The Becca Files

Gina @ Stories by Gina

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

4 thoughts on “His Encouragement – Doing good for others

  1. A lot of my friends and I are really concerned for a friend who we think is being duped and scammed by a guy she has never met in person. He wants to marry her and has bought a house in Spain with her name on it. She will not listen to any of us including our Pastor’s wife. We are afraid she will lose everything but she refuses to see the red flags! Please help me pray she will heed God’s warning signs.

    1. Oh Paula I am so sorry to hear this! Praying for this situation. It is so hard to watch a friend go through something you know is harmful to them.

  2. Yeah, I have a person in my life who drives me crazy. In this person’s case it’s the blatant meanness and total hypocrisy I can’t stand. I know I need to love, but it is NOT easy. I pray for this person quite regularly. I also pray that God would show me what He sees when He looks at this person. I don’t want to dislike anyone, but this person is not someone who is easy to be around. My husband won’t even let our daughter play with this person’s kids, that’s how bad it is. You’re probably thinking, “Why are you even around this individual?” I have no choice. She works a few classrooms down from me in my hall. So, I assume God wants me to keep praying and being near this person.

    1. That’s one thing I don’t remember to do – pray for the people I am having an issue with. That’s the selfish part of me, I know, and I need to work on it. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Hugs!

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