There’s this person . . . this one person who irritates the dickens out of you.
You know that God commands you to love them.
You want to love them as commanded.
Really, you do.
You want to love the devil clean out of them.
You pray, “Lord, help me love this person even though I do not like this person.”
You pray, “Lord, put a watch over my mouth.”
You pray, “Lord, please . . . please, keep this person from provoking me to anger.”
You pray, “Lord, when provoked, let me take the high road.”
You pray, and pray all while watching the person approach . . . all while knowing you might again fail the test.
Still you pray, “Lord help me.”
I’m not the only person who has someone in their life like this . . . right?
You feel that this one person was the very reason the Bible says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This person has your number, at least the principalities and darkens has your number. Yes sir, they do.
We can see the goodness in this person, this one person God placed in our path to test us; but we also see a bad attitude, a short temper, a harsh tone and genuine dislike for things (sometimes for every-thing). This person pushes our buttons.
Still we pray, “Lord help me show this person your love.”
Then we fail.
We see their hateful attitude and match it with one of our own.
We lose our Jesus just long enough for the darkness to win.
And we feel lower than a snail’s belly (or maybe it’s just me).
And we pray, “Lord, what just happened?”
“Lord, what is wrong with me?”
“Lord, why can’t I be more like you?”
And we find comfort in the scripture that was written especially for us which reads, “His mercy is knew every morning.”
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Renea Winchester is a traditionally-published author of three books. She is a Jesus lover, a gardener, and a giver of hugs. She may be reached at P.O. Box 404, Webster NC 28788