How To NOT Give Your Neighbor A Piece of Your Mind, Fist & Neck

Morning world! Things have been challenging for me lately and I needed to take some time and read some scriptures on loving my neighbor and having mercy. When those around us at our jobs, in our neighborhoods, churches or own homes manage to get under our skin, as Christians we MUST tell our flesh to shut up and start meditating our love scriptures. Just because those around us may be acting up, doesn’t give us the license to “show our butts!!” I had to remind myself today while driving to work “these people know I’m a Christian, even though I’m frustrated at how things have been going in the office, I can’t lose my witness, it’s not worth it! This too shall pass!” I know the Holy Spirit is with me, leading and guiding me but I will only be able to hear his voice if I am in the spirit and not the flesh.

I just want to encourage you today if you are facing challenging situations that tempt you to step out of the spirit and into the flesh. As tempting as it is to let someone have it, it isn’t worth it. God won’t be pleased and it will only make the situation worse. More people will be blessed by you responding correctly than you going off on someone. 

5 Ways To Walk In Love

1. Show compassion because love is patient and longsuffering with others.

2. Celebrate the successes of others because love is not envious.

3. Promote others welfare above your own because love does not insist on having its own way or rights.

4. Refuse to be vindictive or retaliatory because love is forgiving.

5. Do not be easily provoked, but control your impulses because love is slow to anger.

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Checkout these scriptures about loving your neighbor and the parable about the ungrateful servant. Let us all examine our hearts and make sure we are walking in love, forgiveness and mercy. May God’s peace and wisdom be with us all this week and always!

Leviticus 19:18 Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Luke 10:27 He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Matt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matt 18:21-35 The parable of the ungrateful servant

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23-35 The servant owed his master 10,000 talents. He begged for mercy and it was granted unto him. Then the servant came across another servant who owed him a hundred denarii. He began to chock the servant and demand that he give him his money. The servant begged for mercy and patience from the man but he refused. Other servants near by saw what happened and they went and told the master. The master called the servant wicked for begging for mercy and receiving it but not granting another that same mercy. In anger the master through the servant in jail to be tortured until he was able to pay back his debt. Matt 18:35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

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What To Do When Life Throws You A Detour

Pastor Butler brought an awesome and encouraging word yesterday at Word of Faith Southfield. The message was right on time for me. The message was about the detours of life. Life happens and things change and sometimes we find ourselves off the right path whether it’s our own fault or not. Pastor was encouraging us that no matter what happens in life, we as believers need to continue to seek God, stay in faith, be of good cheer, walk in patience and love. There are things that I’ve been believing in God for that lately I’ve been feeling anxious about.  I know that being anxious and stressed is not of God. Also worrying doesn’t produce results, faith does! I’ve repented of my ways and I’m ready to start fresh.

I’m excited to start walking out this message. God knows my needs and desires. He knows the plan He has for me, plans to give me hope and a future. I don’t know more than God and therefore I will trust Him and follow His plan!! Amen! Be blessed today everyone!

Checkout my notes below. I pray they bless you as much as they did me. It’s a good reminder and very encouraging. I got excited just retyping the notes! If you want to purchase a cd, dvd or mp3 of the message go to http://woficc.com.

1. Take the time to hear from God.

*Seek His face.

2. Be Patient

*Cheerful endurance.

*Don’t give up. Keep doing and saying the right things.

*Don’t give God a deadline.

3. Have Faith in God

*Have faith no matter what.

*Only by faith do you get the victory.

*1 John 5:4 Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

4. Be of Good Cheer

*Rejoice in the Lord always

*Believe He’ll work it out

*Cheer up, something good is going to happen.

*Wake up each morning saying “something good is going to happen to me today.” And if not today than tomorrow it will!

*God’s got a plan for your life and your family’s lives.

*Nothing can stop God. There are no limits on God.

*No matter the detour, God can make it right if you follow the plan.

*Remember that in the middle of your storm, God is with you!!

*God is with you and will provide favor to you.

5. Be a Blessing

*God wants to use you, wherever you are. (on your job, in your community, at your church, wherever)

6. Treat others right

*Walk in love

*Treat people how you want them to treat you.

*There is no excuse to mistreat people

7. Repent Where You’ve Missed It

*Repent means to turn away from

*God is faithful to forgive us

*Your still a son/daughter of God and God will show you mercy.

*Repent and do it the right way.

Scripture texts

Joel 2:25, Acts 9:15, Acts chapters 27 and 28, Luke 15:17-24