Corinthians 16:13 (NLT) Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. [c] Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.
Learning how to move forward in love constructively isn’t easy.
Almost every person has at least one-a person you love, but also deeply resent or hate. It could be a parent, spouse, sibling, boss, a rebellious child, neighbor, friend or even God.
Who is that person for you? The reality of seeing this message today could mean its time to move forward constructively to intensify that love.
Living in a love-hate relationship isn’t easy. It requires some very complicated and refined coping skills.
The problem, however, is that too many people go on, day after day, merely coping with the situation.
Either they’re unaware that they can do more than cope, or they are unwilling to do what is necessary to move forward constructively.
It’s time to accept the challenge and make the decision to take action.
Those resigned to merely cope with the situation are not happy people. Whether they stay in the relationship or leave, they render themselves powerless to change.
They lose faith in the power of God to change the situation. They give up on prayer as a means to facilitate change.
Excerpt from my book “The Journey of Self-Care from the Inside Out”
“Sometimes it is our hopelessness and crisis that acts as a catalyst, shifting us to change the direction of our lives.
When we realize that we are at the end of ourselves, we may find the humility to reach out and accept the help and change we need.
Change is something we face at several junctures in our lives. Always keep in mind, “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” urges Writer and marketer, Rikki Rogers.”
“Our ability to embrace change for our lives will determine our destiny. We, however, cannot avoid the unexpected life crisis in our lives because it is these events that challenge our complacency in life.
What we can control when we are experiencing these challenging life crises, is how we choose to respond to them.
It is our power of decision-making that enables us to activate positive change in our lives. Acting on our power of choice provides us with more opportunities to change our lives for the better.”
Point to ponder
Our challenge goes beyond prayer. The beginning of a solution rests in your decisions-your decision to do something to take action.
Set boundaries, and move forward by taking actionable steps: See a counselor. Join a group. Confront in love, and God will do the rest!
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