Freedom From the Meanies

I have grown weary of mean people.  In the past few weeks, I have had a few people say some pretty nasty things about me.  I hate conflict/confrontation, so this is especially difficult for me.  I am a very easy-going person.  It really takes a lot to ruffle my feathers.  I can get along with just about  anyone.  I credit a lot of this to being the only girl in a family of 3 brothers, 9 boy cousins, and pretty much all boys on our block growing up.  I can usually roll with it.  Take it as it comes.  That’s why it’s so difficult for me to understand why it’s so hard for other people to just get along.  I am by no means a "master" of this skill, but the growing up in a large family as well as knowing the love of Jesus has really helped me out of a lot of tough situations.

I’ve got a special friend who I go to when these kinds of things happen to me or Rob.  She is a woman who has "been there-done that" before.  Her and her husband have been involved in public ministry for over 40 years.  I ran some of these thoughts and feelings past her, and I wanted to share some of the precious words she shared with me. 

My friend, always think of Jesus who was maligned, spit on, lied about and then brutally murdered.   If he were alive today, you can be sure some angry soul would put something on the Internet for all to see.
Go back to I Peter 2:19-25.  This Peter said is part of what we are called to.  My what a change in his heart since those horrible days of fighting back before the cross.
  Read it over and over until it becomes a part of you.
Michelle, you know who you are.  You know who Rob is–and people can see through lies like this because they know you too.  So pity such a person who needs to try to harm others to gain attention.  It’s the saddest thing–do play all of your life to your heavenly coach–not to the grandstands below.
I believe your faith can make this turn.  A sacrifice for Him.  You be first to live against the vengeance driven society we are now living in. 
May your experience in worship tomorrow be freeing dear one.
Remember the Pharisees were once devout people–turned mean–without the love of God we would all become mean. (~)  The trick is not hating those who hate or you are caught in the same trap–think about that! (~)
Have a great week–
The words of wisdom from this friend now in her early 70’s are life to me.  She has guided me through some pretty rough storms the past few years.  I hope I can be this kind of friend to the younger generations as I age.

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