>Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Father I pray for Your continued mercy, and for the ability to show and give mercy to others. I pray for Your peace and love to fill me so that when I am faced with situations that are troubling I can be filled with a calm that quiets my restlessness, and allows me to be more receptive to You and less bothered by what someone else does, says, or fails to do or say.
Father when I am faced with people who are self-consumed and selfish let Your love and peace bring a smile to my face. Let me find the peace within to walk away without conflict, and without disappointing You. Not everyone sees themselves as others do and because of that they are less willing to change their ways to be more like Your son, Jesus Christ.
I want to be more like Jesus Father and I know that the only way this is possible is to obey You at all times, doing what You ask of me and not making my own decisions because I feel uncomfortable. That discomfort is the molding process I must undergo to be transformed into the perfect example of You. So I humbly accept what I must in order to become what I am destined to be. In Your name I pray. Amen.
We go through ups and downs. We try desperately to swim through troubled waters. We must face people who can sometimes be selfish, bitter, cold, mean, unfair, and unkind. We must endure situations that seems to tear away at us. God never intends for us to be in situations that don't make us stronger, wiser, braver, and more focused on Him for guidance. It is when we try to make up new rules, re-arrange and re-write His rules, and participate in His plan when we see fit do we feel the friction that is caused from us going against His grain.
If you truly want mercy, peace and love then you must freely give it to others. You must pray that people receive them even when they are not showing you mercy, dealing with you peacefully, or embracing you and reflecting God's love. We must show mercy, work to bring peace while walking in it, and love people wholly for who they are as God's children- and not for who you want them to be.
There is no human below or above us; we reign over no one except ourselves. We are to worship no one other than God. We are His servants and He is our master. Jesus is our Savior and the example we are to follow, and God is our heavenly Father-Mother who reigns supremely over all. We have difficulties controlling ourselves and our own behavior, so who are we to try to control and manipulate others?
Once we learn to let go and let God handle things, situations, and people- we will stop trying to do His job and just focus on doing our job. We must walk the walk and not merely talk the talk. We must stop placing labels on ourselves and others and believing that these labels somehow have meaning, relevance, and importance- because they don't mean a thing to God- so they should not mean anything to us. When you have a genuiune relationship with Jesus and our Father then you know this and you live your life accordingly.
Have an incredible Thursday. Seek and show mercy, peace, and love.
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