Are you acting Against your Will?
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,” -1 Timothy 2:1
All relationships develop tension at one time or another. That’s just life. Struggles, stresses and worries all take their toll and create sandpaper edges on relationships.
Have you found yourself in a relationship with prickly and mean people? Being a caregiver to a bipolar schizophrenic parent keeps me in check everyday. I have to make sure that regardless of the hurtful things that are said to me, I continue to show love by acting out of my will. That isn’t always easy and yes there are times I mess up and have to ask forgiveness. There are many people in this world who hurt others intentionally or because it has become the norm for them in life. They have done it so long they are just used to it. We have to pray for those who hurt us and no matter how hard it may be we also should bless them.-Luke 6:27 I’m not saying we should tolerate abuse. God does not advocate abuse. He is simply reminding us prayer is our only true resource. Prayer guards our hearts from bitterness and hatred. Prayer calls on the power of the Holy Spirit to work in relationships and brings blessing to the lives of others.
Pray for the people you are in a tension filled relationship with. Even if you don’t feel like it, ask God to bless them.
Choosing to pray about your relationships should always be the first step. Tension can be broken by prayers of blessings. Don’t let sandpapery relationships become the norm. in your home. Do the opposite of what your emotions urge you to do.
Act with your will and not just with your emotions. Pray blessings, act kindly, ask God to put love in your heart. Always treat others the way you want to be treated. God desires for us to reflect His love to a love-starved world.
Father God, Teach me to pray for others in the way You have instructed with blessing on my lips and willingness in my heart. Let Your Spirit flow in all of my relationships today. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.