1 John 3:14-15 (AMP) 14 We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death. 15 Everyone who hates (works against) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer [by God’s standards]; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Not only should we love others, but we have to love ourselves. So many people do not like their lives – including Christians. It’s one thing to be a miserable sinner but another to be a miserable saint. Some of our happiness stems from our own selfishness. So often we are unhappy and we blame our unhappiness on everyone around us rather than looking at our inner self. Sometimes when we feel angry or upset, we need to search our heart and figure out who we are really mad at.
We tend to stay bitter at others because they do not do things in life we think they should do. People are always going to hurt or feelings or even treat us unjustly. The longer we stay angry the harder it is to get over it. The quicker we forgive the happier we will be and it will become easier and easier.
Matthew 6:14-15 (AMP) 14 For if you forgive [a]others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.
Staying angry and bitter at someone will not solve anything or change the past. The only thing anger and bitterness hurts is ourselves. When we stay angry at someone it allows the person we are angry at to hurt us for a long time. Why give someone that kind of power over your life?
We can pray for others we are angry or upset with but not that they get what they deserve – we pray that God will change their heart. And then we ask God to show us how we need to change our heart in our situations.
1 John 3:16 (AMP)16 By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen