Romans 15:2

Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

No one really wants to talk about the hard stuff. It’s true. It’s safer on the surface where the nerve endings are just out of reach. But what happens when you are bruised, pierced, or cut? The flesh encourages you to do one of two things: fight or flight. Sadly, both of these responses can lead to unhealthy spiritual consequences. Fighting leads to anger and retreating leads to bitterness.

Operating in the Spirit shatters these physiological responses.

~Praying for your enemies shatters demonic strongholds.

~Encouraging those who scoff you testifies of God’s love.

~Giving more to those who take from you opens the storehouses of blessings.

~Rejoicing in your neighbor’s success even when you are struggling ignites inner revival.

It’s not about you! Whew! Now that we got that out of the way, let’s really dig in. You are born into this world internally focused instead of eternally focused. The enemy of this world wants nothing more than to keep your eyes inwardly focused. However, Hebrews 12:2 instructs us to fix our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. When you do this, you cannot help but to encourage others, even when it hurts!

[Interpretive]

So I see you, dear friend, with your chin pointed down and a tear-soaked collar. Your eyes glisten from new tears, and they flow in cadence with your heartbeat. You are backed into a corner where the light dissolves into darkness. The rays search for you but you are fading away. Disappointment, resentment, and pain stream through your head like a banner flying high in the air. You watch the inauguration, and the new queen is announced. Her crown sparkles on your tears. You wipe them away, but you cannot escape the sound, “Long live the queen!” You bow in respect and pray, “Lord, bestow your protection, blessings, and wisdom upon her.” You turn around to walk away wondering what’s next for you when the enemy whispers, “It’s not you! You’re not good enough.” But then…you feel a hand on your shoulder. You know instantly as it’s the touch only a queen can give.

You meet eye-to-eye and she says, “Thank you for always showing me kindness and encouragement. You paved the way for this very moment. Thank you for allowing God to use you to plant the seed.” Suddenly, light breaks forth and shatters all forms of darkness.

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

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