ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of the most HIGH,  John 3:16

9/10/19   (Across my desk this morning.)

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
(Matthew 5:44, NKJV)
Be Great in the Midst of Criticism

If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent or a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and coworkers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor on you, someone will get jealous and start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race, and be great anyway.

Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Many who name the name of Christ as Savior, do not make HIM The LORD.  It is in humility coming under obedience to the LORD JESUS CHRIST that confirms and assures us of salvation.  It is in finding and lovingly keeping HIS Commandments that qualify our faith as being valid and real before our heavenly Father.  What was sent to me this morning was a reminder of some of the New Testament LAWS that are now in effect.  Jesus taught,  “If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.” John 15:10

It would be wise to take some time and go through the New Testament focusing on our KING’S ORDERS for HIS CHURCH if you are a Christian?     Jesus taught that he who has and keeps HIS commandments proves his faith and love for both HIM and the Heavenly Father.  But you first must find and know them in order to obey them.  And you can only find them from Holy Scripture for yourself as many of our religious traditions have so rationalized the Truth of God that much of it has now been turned into fiction.  We are commanded to become HIS Disciples and not just members of a gathering somewhere.  Disciple means to become disciplined or changed.  “If any soul be in Christ Jesus they are a new creation.  The old things are passed away and all things are become new.”   Do you have changes in your life that reflect your salvation and submission to Christ Jesus as LORD?  One of the major changes is becoming concerned about your loved ones and others who are still lost.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><

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There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who truly love and obey HIM are members.

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