That person who is causing you trouble or grief is not your enemy. The enemy is the enemy.
Stand strong in love. But not in your own strength…in God’s. Ask the Lord to love that person (or persons) through you. Pray for the other person’s health, welfare and spiritual walk. Satan lives to stir up strife and division among people, especially brothers and sisters in Christ. The only way he succeeds is if we give into the anger.
Let love rule. It is the only way to overcome the enemy of your soul.
Blessings today & everyday.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
This is one of those scriptures that you need to think about for awhile. You need to meditate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to open your understanding, because it’s weighty.
The writer of Hebrews says that faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Some of the definitions of substance are as follows:
- a fundamental or characteristic part or quality
- physical material from which something is made or which has discrete existence
- that which has foundation, is firm
- that which has actual existence
- the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing
- the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution
- confidence, firm trust, assurance
So true faith is the confidence, firm trust & assurance that God will manifest/answer/provide that thing that you are hoping will happen.
If your hope is built upon His word, His will & His goodness, your hope in Him will not disappoint.
The second part of the verse states that faith is the evidence of things not seen.
- proof, confirmation, verification
- an outward sign
- a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested
So faith is the conviction, the confirmation that you are believing God. You are certain He is able to do what He has said He will do. And if He has made you a promise, you can be confident that He will fulfill it.
Romans 4:18-21 Living Bible (TLB)
So, when God told Abraham that he would give him a son who would have many descendants and become a great nation, Abraham believed God even though such a promise just couldn’t come to pass! And because his faith was strong, he didn’t worry about the fact that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety, was also much too old to have a baby.
But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened. He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything he promised.