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Wow! Great message that we can also apply to how we treat ourselves when we are "less than perfect". Thanks for sharing.

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(By Renee Myers, She Speaks! Graduate--Of Proverbs 31 Ministires)

FRETTING OVER A FRIENDSHIP



ďThe Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.Ē~Psalm 103:8-10 (NLT)



Devotion:

It all started with a simple question from a friend while we chatted over lunch. She asked how a mutual friend was doing. I could have simply answered that our other friend was doing fine, but to my dismay lots of other thoughts came tumbling out instead.



Although I didnít say anything bad about our mutual friend (who we both like), I did share disappointments I felt about my friendship with her. Maybe youíve had friendships that disappointed you, too?



Attempts to work through these feelings on my own hadnít worked. I needed to pray for Godís insights and perspectives to help me understand my feelings, and also for His guidance to help me work things out. Praying to God enabled me to realize that my friend didnít perceive our friendship the same way I did. Our friendship meant more to me than it did to her. This realization hurt my feelings. I thought of the many times Iíd gone out of my way to help her, accommodated her schedule at the inconvenience of mine, and how Iíd considered her one of my closest friends! Now I was angry. Surely I needed to address this some way, but how?



I considered sharing my feelings with her, but that could lead to other problems. Maybe this was an unhealthy friendship that I should let go of? Unsure about what to do, I prayed again. God responded by speaking to me through the verses above from Psalm 103.



God pointed out that He has been merciful, gracious, and slow to anger with me. God does not constantly accuse me of my wrongdoings, and He doesnít stay mad when I anger Him. He hasnít punished me for all my sins, and thank goodness He doesnít punish me as I deserve!



In contrast, I had been easily angered when my feelings were hurt. I continued to mentally accuse my friend of what I considered wrong doings. It was time to let my hurt feelings go and look past the ways my friend had unknowingly disappointed me.



Godís solution was to treat my friend the same way my loving Father treats me. After all, sheís His child, too, and deserves the same love and grace thatís been given to me.



Dear Lord, Thank You for using Your words to help me resolve my frustrations and remind me that Iím to treat others as You have treated me. Thank You for preventing me from taking matters into my own hands, and leading me to trust them into Yours instead. In Jesusí Name, Amen.


BELIEVE, LIVE JOYFULLY, BREATHE DEEPLY, BE HOPEFUL, LAUGH!!!

"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck
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