1 Thessalonians 5:15-18,22
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you… 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
This just gave me so much peace to read. All that I have or have not been doing right or wrong, it doesn’t really matter, because at the end of the day God has the final say. What I was doing, was, I wasn’t letting go, and letting God, and this past weekend, I let go. I stopped worrying, and stopped caring, and all of a sudden… I felt so free!
I do not believe in getting even, there is too much work involved there to do so. I do believe in forgiveness, because that is me who has to live with the unforgiving heart, not them. That is me who would have to live with the bitterness, and hatred that would build over time, and it’s just not worth it, it’s just not worth, not being right with God, to have unforgiveness in my heart because of their actions and the hurt it caused me. On top of that, there is so much beauty in pain that you just cannot see if you blind yourself by holding on with what was, and not seeing what is. Which kind of jumps down to verse 21, and holding fast to that which is good. Crazy how long people can fake something, but in reality, I didn’t really prove it out, so its easy to fake, when you do not prove something out.
My ex husband went crazy for a brief moment, hence the ex part right? LOL… He almost killed me. He Thought my cousin was talking about this world he created in his mind when he was drinking because he didn’t make peace with his past, and he couldn’t move on and accept that I am not his past. I didn’t really know this. He really only drank when he watched sports, and not even every time, just sometimes. This time was different, as my cousin was talking about her husband, and my husband was talking about this alternate reality in his mind, I was telling her to stop talking because I realized what was going on, she wanted to hear what he had to say, because well, she didn’t. I tell her to just shut up, and he tells me to shut up, jumps on me and chokes me until I pass out. I wake up in her lap with her giving me CPR
REJOICE EVERMORE. Period. It doesn’t say in good times, no, it says EVERMORE! Always and forever, rejoice. I have to rejoice, in the good times and the bad, it doesn’t matter, just rejoice. God is in control, and if he is in total control, why are you not rejoicing? Matthew 5:12 , Luke 6:23 , John 16:22, be exceedingly glad, your reward is in heaven, no man can take your joy,Luke 1:47 rejoice in God your Saviour (Jesus), Romans 5:2 Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Just a few verses about rejoicing.
Pray without ceasing. How often do you pray? Is it a few times a day? Is it constant? It should be all the time, constantly, and that’s really all there is to that one, LOL.
In everything give thanks. In your prayers, you need to do this. In your joyful times, you need to do this. In your sad and sorrowful times, you need to give thanks. Giving thanks for the “bad” in this world may sound crazy, or like you are giving thanks for something than you may think is good, when you don’t. That is not the case. Giving thanks for your times of trouble, at least for me, helps me remember that there are times of joy coming after. There are bonds built-in those times, there are scars in that time that are made, but the scar isn’t to remind you of all the pain that caused it, its to remind you how you came through that pain. There is beauty in pain, just remember to give thanks for those times too.
Last but not least, and probably why I am where I am now. I am fast to hold fast I guess LOL, but I didn’t prove all things. That’s where these issues come into play. If you do not prove all things, then you may not see what is really good, vs what is just good-looking. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. The truth in all, shall set you free… I think that verse just freed me. We ask for the truth, God tells us to prove all things, if we did, we would know ahead of time if something was good, or not. If there was something or someone with ill intentions, we would know once we proved them out. That wouldn’t be the end all of pain and suffering, but it would prevent a lot of it, seeing how so much comes from family issues, or the lack of family memebers present in the home. If you could fix the family, or if it started with the family, it could work its way out into the communities all around.