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Verses 29-32: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that is may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

In Matthew 5:44, Jesus commands His followers (and that means us Christians today!) to love your enemies, and to pray for them. This verse hit me and reminded me of the Matthew passage. Some days that is easy for us…and some days it is not.

I have some people I work with in our company that currently, I have to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in praying for them. One has said something in an email directed at me, that I took personally that really angered me; one has misused his authority to make some of my co-workers work long hours, when better planning could’ve avoided the situation, in my opinion. One caused me undue stress one day just before lunch with my wife; thank God my wife was there to talk to. Now, in the last case, thankfully the situation was a big misunderstanding, but I pointed out to the person that their mishandling of the situation really stressed me out at the time. That person did apologize, but the immediate damage had been done.

In all cases, I remembered this verse, and REALLY had to pray for God to help me turn it over to Him…to not use the negative words I was wanting to, but to be positive in Him. It should come as no surprise that God blesses us, even in our prayer life. He made it better, and that, I am thankful for. Once again, it’s easy when everything is coming up roses, but can be really challenging when everything is coming up thorns.

I read a humorous quote that goes along with this, in a funny way. From comedian Buddy Hackett comes this bit of wisdom (http://www.positivelypositive.com/quotes/dont-carry-a-grudge-while-youre-carrying-the-grudge-the-other-guys-out-dancing/): “Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying the grudge the other guy’s out dancing.” Leave it at the feet of Jesus.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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