Pro Tip: It’s harder to stay frustrated with someone while sincerely praying for them.
Some days may require longer prayers, but this tip hasn’t failed me yet. 😉
You are a child of God… and so is your child (see my last blog post), your spouse, your coworker, your boss, your neighbor, the random person who left a rude (but maybe not incorrect?) note telling you that you “suck at parking…”
As Queen Brene Brown said, “People are hard to hate close up. Move in.” Isn’t prayer such a good opportunity to move in?? You get a chance to talk to the One who created that person’s spirit! Just see what He has to say about them.
One of the purposes of sunshineinthesoul.com is to share the stories and testimonies of amazing children of God I meet. Each person has blessed my life incredibly and I hope you let them bless yours too!
This “pro tip” is much easier said than done. But sometimes God asks us to push ourselves to do hard things. That is the way we will grow to become more like Him. Jesus Christ said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”—Matthew 5:44.
My kids are obviously not my enemies and they don’t despitefully use me or persecute me, but I feel so much love for them the minute I start praying, even on frustrating potty training days. But what about people who really are your enemies? Or who really do persecute you or despitefully use you?
Prayer still works.
God is aware of you and your feelings. He wants you to feel peace and He can do miracles. Nothing is impossible through Him. It might take many prayers and many years (and tears) to feel peace and sincere love for others. As one of my favorite gospel songs says, “when there’s no peace on Earth, there is peace in Christ.”
I know that even when all is dark around us and we don’t think we can forgive or love someone for what they have done or said to us, I promise all can and will be made right through Jesus Christ.