Why do we tend to feel like we are powerful enough to change other people? We often try to do things, say things, or even change our self…to try to make another person happy. Sometimes without realizing what we are doing, we feel like we should be able to help make someone else’s mind change. This is unrealistic and not our duty or responsibility. We have no power over another individual. We only have power over our own thoughts, actions, and reactions. God has made each one of us a unique individual. We all have different thoughts and feelings…and we all become who we decide to become. We have all been given the gift of choice and free will. The best thing we can do for another individual, is to be a loving example of what God calls us to be. Pray for them, without stopping. Show compassion, patience, and respect…lending an ear when it’s time to listen…and a hand when it’s time to help someone hold on.
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 TIMOTHY 4:16
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. TITUS 2:7-8
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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