It takes courage to love again especially when you have recently experienced heart ache, but don’t let the disappointment of a past love rob you of a future prospect.
As mad as you may be with the world that someone has hurt you, don’t take it out on the world because it is NOT OUR FAULT! Don’t generalize your issue and include everyone in your experience. It was an isolated one. It happened to you. Now be responsible about it and deal with it. Cry, scream, kick, and pout and get it all out of your system. And when you are done, move on. Chances are the person who has hurt you already has. Live your life from this point on wiser, better, and more discerning.
There should be regular intervals in our relationship with God where we examine our growth. We don’t need to examine our church attendance or our participation in community projects because these things can be easily gauged. But at some point we need to sit still and assess our spiritual growth. Have we learned anything new? Have we studied the Word of God in a different section of the Bible? How is our prayer vocabulary, are we repeating the same things or using repetitive patterns in prayer? The Bible says Jesus grew in stature. When you grow, dimensions about yourself change. When a woman is carrying a child, dimensions about her body changes. Her waist line thickens, her feet swells, her nose spreads among other things. What changes are taking place in you? What has changed to substantiate your spiritual growth? Is your circle of influence changing? Do people flock to you or away from you and why? Check your height and weight. How tall are you in the spirit (stature) and how much do you weigh (level of authority)?
Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might– Ephesians 6:10
That verse sounds so simple to rehearse in the ears of someone who is going through but to the person being tested at that specific time, it takes more than a few encouraging words to get them through a tough time. Many times, they need to hear HOW YOU MADE IT THROUGH your tough time with the Lord’s Strength and in the Power of His MIGHT. The Pharisees were well versed in the Word, but the DEMONSTRATION of the Word was yet another thing. Yes, quote a scripture but go a bit beyond that and LIVE THE SCRIPTURE. Your life may be the only Bible a person ever reads and you may be the only Jesus a person ever sees. Remember, Jesus did not sit in Jerusalem where all the people gathered for them to gaze upon Him, rather He reached them where they were. He went to them. Sometimes you have to get to the people. Paul said, I become all to win some. Let the Word of God and the Counsel of God flow from your belly to reach ALL THE PEOPLE, not just those in Jerusalem (church) and use whatever resources the Lord has placed in your hand to deliver the people. Moses had a ROD and delivered millions! Think about the GREATER WORKS that we can do with the unlimited amount of resources that we have available to us. Speak a word!
Psalms 139:16 says, ‘Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me. When as yet there were none of them.’ God is so awesome to narrate and hand write the pages of the books of our lives without us having ever living a single one. He is the AUTHOR. This is where we derive the confidence to never stop trusting Him because He is ultimately in control of everything we can ever go through in life, God is already there.
Malachi 3:16 Say, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them: So a book of remembrance was written before Him, For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.” Wow!! Each time we SPEAK as children of God, believers on the name of Jesus, our words are being RECORDED!! God, Himself listens intently to our EVERY conversation as we speak to one another. He is taking keen interest in how we handle one another! Isn’t that something? God loves to listen to us as we talk about Him. And God help us if we are talking about nonsense!