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Lovingly Shut The Door

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(Proverbs 15:1)  “A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.” 

(Proverbs 10:6-7)  “Blessings come upon the head of the righteous, but the words of the wicked conceal violence. The reputation of the righteous leads to blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” 

(Luke 23:34)  “Jesus kept saying, ‘Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they’re doing.’ Then they divided his clothes among them by throwing dice.” 

 

 

 

There is always someone who gets on our nerves and you wish you could shut the door on their face.  Before you do that, keep in mind that you might need to face them again under different circumstances and you might need them on your side.  God can use anyone around us to bless us and by shutting doors in anger, we might shut that door for our blessing.  It is God who will instruct us when to break ties with someone or put them in their place, and even then, we need to do it with love and respect.

As we mature, we undergo different seasons in life, and they will always involve different people. We have to make sure we transition from one season to the next with integrity and change our circle of friends with love and respect. It has to be done without bringing any stain or blemish to Christ, whom we represent.  You never know when God will make you return to a place or a relationship in order to finish an assignment or receive the honor He promised.

I have seen how people have left churches on very bad terms with everyone, especially with the pastors.  I know for a fact that every one of them is suffering right now the consequences of not showing love, even if there was a difference in opinion, and they cannot face them again without tremendous shame. 

Imagine if Christ shut the door on everyone who challenged or mocked Him.  Many would not have a chance to experience His unconditional love.  I can only imagine what his accusers and mockers went through when they heard Christ ask God to forgive them.

We have to do the same with those that irritate us, mock us, hurt us or simply misunderstand us.  If we are walking correctly with God, eventually God will speak up for us and put everyone straight.  It is not our job to go around correcting everyone, we are simply not qualified to do that the way God is.

 

 

If you have to close a door, do it because God tells you, and not because of what others say or do.  If it’s in God’s will and God’s timing, you will be able to do it with love and respect.

 

 

 

Prayers

  • Heavenly Father, in the daytime, You let Your people with the cloud and all the night with a light of fire. You are He who split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink.
  • Thank You, Father, for providing for us the forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
  • Forgive us now for answering back with a harsh word at times and for behaving like the wicked.
  • Forgive us if we have ever spoken against any Pastor or ministry where we had disagreements.
  • Teach us how to have a good reputation that will lead to blessings.
  • We need You to give us wisdom and love in order to close doors in order for others to open.
  • Keep us from speaking against anyone or any ministry from our past.
  • Give us the heart of forgiveness that Christ had on the cross for his accusers.
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  • We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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