For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.~John 1:16
The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.~Lamentations 3:22-23
What an unfathomable thing. Grace upon grace & new mercies every morning. My human mind cannot wrap around these things. Pastor said Sunday, be a blessing, even if people are mean and don't understand you, spitefully use you, be a blessing. Sounds beautiful and lofty, but try to apply it in the heat of battle and I seldom attain it. The little growth I see is that at least I usually don't retaliate, I withdraw and stay silent. Steps in the right direction, but I definitely need to go further and try and be a blessing.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.~ I Corinthians 13:13
I am coming to Him almost daily, asking for Him to help me to act reflecting Him, and that is reflecting love. I John 4:8. So, I am striving to not act or react out of my hurt feelings or pride, but rather out of love. I know a few people that do this all the time......Sue Hayworth, you know who you are! I definitely do not.
But that is the beauty of the Holy Spirit, He changes us really without our help, simply a willing spirit. So I have hope that as time goes on, decisions, reflections, ponderings will be tinged with His love, not judgment or negativity. As I spend time in His Word and in prayer change can come. I am thankful to have people in my life that love me "as is," and in the meantime, patience must be had......not so easy for me. ;)