But the greatest of these is Love…

The worst thing a writer can do is start a blog & then go MIA for a month.  Well, it has been a tough month.  There have been struggles that were not evident from the surface.

Stress & Worry.  When present, they put on their Halloween masks & hide within your body as a coping mechanism.  What does this have to do with Love?  Keep reading.  It all comes together in the end.

For the past month+, stress and worry wore the mask of physical illness.  We are supposed to cast every care upon God because HE will take care of us.  He is there with us.  He has gone before us.  He will work everything out for our good, according to His purpose.  So, why should we let anything bring us down?

Without disclosing many details about the situation, here is a vague synopsis.  God tells us to treat everyone the way that He treats us.  He tells us to love everyone the way that He loves us.  He tells us to turn the other cheek and forgive.  My cheeks have gotten sore.  I am amazed at those who call themselves “Christians” yet they spend their days planning how they can attack their spiritual brothers and sisters.

The title of Christian means to be Christ-like.  To act like Him.  When people see you, they will see Him through you.  The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.  They earned their title, and they strived to live up to it.  So, why can’t we???

Faith, hope and love…but the GREATEST of these is LOVE.  Well, it is tough to reciprocate love and not hatred to a person that has repeatedly made you their target, a so called “Christian”.  Well, I haven’t acted very Christian through all of this.  I am human.  I’ve been through all the stages of emotions…hurt, sadness, anger, more anger, there is no way my anger level can surpass this.  I wanted to retaliate so bad.  I knew that in doing so, I would be as low as my attacker.  Gosh, it sure was tempting though!

But God…but God had it under His control.  He knew the plan that He had for me.  He knew that the truth would come forward.  Who was I to doubt Him?  But I did through worry and stress.

God used this to move me from my comfort zone.  Kind of a modern day Jonah.  He used this for me to discover there was so much more in store for my life.  He knew that I needed a change, but I would have to be pushed into it.

My professional attacker’s plan backfired.  Instead of landing me in a cauldron of hot water, such as witches tend to do, this pushed me to enter a door that opened.  A greater opportunity.  A greater calling.

Oh, how HE loves me.  He has never lost control.  He has never slept through the seasons of my life.  He was, He is, He will always be my greatest defender.

Forgiveness isn’t coming so easily, but it will come.  Tonight, God revealed that I have no right to hate someone that drove me onto a better path.  God just used what the Devil had planned, and He turned it around as a testimony to His greatness.

Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of all of these is Love.  And oh, how He loves me!  I’m amazed…

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