Good morning everyone,
When others judge you, size you up, tear you down, or mess with you, relish on what Isaiah 33:22 says: "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is He who will save us." No one can take away what He has promised us. Many people intimidate because they don't understand what grace is all about. They intimidate because they are scared and they want to be in control. If they are not in control, they feel as though they have lost the battle. He tells us to give control over to Him so that He can use us according to His plan. Galatians 3:22 reminds us that scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Once folks realize that they were made for so much more than their current situation, then they can release the things that control them. If you have trouble letting go, it is time to dive in with your whole self. It is impossible to let go of something that is going at warp speed and try and grab it back. Yet, much of the time, that is what people try and do. Their whole world is wrapped up in intimidation and manipulation. Bitterness becomes their god and before they know it, it becomes their life. Something that festers needs to be dealt with before it becomes the fabric of who you are. If you have a problem with someone who you love, please don't let that problem become a tragedy. Many times, relationships are ruined by too many issues that become major because they are never worked out. As you start this day, ask God to replace those areas that have become hardened with His love and mercy!
Your brother in Christ,