Monday, December 12, 2011

Love Them Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

... If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

Dr. Kent M. Keith
American Author and Inspirational Speaker
 I think the above statement is powerful and true. We have to press forward regardless of how people treat you in life. How many times have we all misunderstood each other? How many times have we made assumptions based off of our own personal biases or defensive mechanisms. How many times have you helped people and they turn around and betray your trust.
Hey, it happens. The only person we stand stop from doing it to others is ourselves. I can allow Holy Spirit to convict me of my wrong or of my personal hang ups. Here is one truth I have found. If you spend any time with the Lord, you will be convicted of your sin and trespasses. Holy Spirit does his job quit well.  
Luke 6:27-35  "But I tell everyone who is listening: Love your enemies. Be kind to those who hate you.  (28)  Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who insult you.  (29)  If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other cheek as well. If someone takes your coat, don't stop him from taking your shirt.  (30)  Give to everyone who asks you for something. If someone takes what is yours, don't insist on getting it back.  (31)  "Do for other people everything you want them to do for you.  (32)  "If you love those who love you, do you deserve any thanks for that? Even sinners love those who love them.  (33)  If you help those who help you, do you deserve any thanks for that? Sinners do that too.  (34)  If you lend anything to those from whom you expect to get something back, do you deserve any thanks for that? Sinners also lend to sinners to get back what they lend.  (35)  Rather, love your enemies, help them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward. You will be the children of the Most High God. After all, he is kind to unthankful and evil people.
It is easy to love those who love you back but the true test of our walk in the Lord is loving those who want to shoot your head off. It is easy to be offended and to get hurt feelings but we have to press forward. If people don't understand you simply seek to understand them. If they desire to insult you simply lift them up in prayer. If they desire to do you evil towards you make sure you show them the goodness of the Lord.  Trust me I have had a lot of experience in this department. It is not always easy. You have to make sure you don't waddle in your self-pity or make yourself the victim.  People are people which means they will do crazy , stupid things sometimes.  If the living God shows kindness to unthankful and evil people then why shouldn't we? If he is living inside of us then His character will come out.
 
Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying people should walk all over you and abuse your kindness. However, we are to show love at ALL times no matter the circumstance. Now are we human? YES!!!! Will we fail at times? YES!!!!! The quest is to do our best without making a mess of all the rest. It is not easy but through Christ we can overcome. This is why we need Him more and more in our lives.  Show the world love anyway regardless if it comes back to your or not. Most will return it and some will take advantage of it. It is ok. There is only one person in this world who will judge you completely. ( The Living God.)
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