Peace & Perspective

Living in Peace by having the right perspective. Peace – ˈpēs Noun: Freedom from strife; a state of tranquillity or serenity. Perspective – per·spec·tive – pərˈspektiv – Noun: A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.


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The Power of Hate. The Power of Love.

I cannot ever remember a time I was filled with such hate that it changed the course of my entire life. That it would be the sole driving force for all my decisions and the basis on which I live my life. I cannot remember because hate has never dominated my life.

But, I have witnessed how hate can destroy, divide, and blind those consumed by it.

I cannot imagine a hate so great that it would propel my pride to a level where no one else matters anymore but myself. A hate that demonstrates how I should react when I don’t get my way and/or how I should respond to those who do not see things like I do. A hate that hinders me from assessing my very own actions. That it would be so prevalent that it would seethe within me, take root, rule my emotions and dictate my every decision. A hate so deep that it would plummet me into a pit of darkness and blind me to the reality of the outcome of all my choices. A hate that instigates conflict, vulgarity and impulsive fits of rage without accountability. A hate so powerful it convinces me that my hate is good and love and peace are bad. That my hate would lead me to believe that not only am I entitled to it but that it is justified at any cost. And finally, that my hate is so consuming that Satan actually whispers in my ear that I am happy and at peace in my hate and I wholeheartedly believe it.

With a hate so encompassing, I would hope that I would fearfully ask, “Who is the source fueling this hatred within me and where is this power coming from?” You don’t need biblical wisdom to know that hate does not come from God. God is perfect love. This only leaves one other entity from which hate is derived. This dark power is very pleased watching as hate continues to be fed, justified, and projected all while dragging it’s victim into a deeper, darker pit that is inescapable without God’s intervention, the intercession of prayer, and deliverance from this bondage.

John 8:44
….when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

In love, there is light, hope, and a future. Love is an open door. Love makes you grateful, thankful and empathetic. It wishes the best for others. Love promotes peace and harmony and strives for resolution and reconciliation. Love puts others first. Love shows mercy. Love requests, not demands. Love doesn’t control, it grants freedom. Love repairs relationships and unites.

In hate, there is darkness, despair, and no future. Hate is a closed door. Hate is engulfed in chaos and turmoil. Hate is bitterness and resentment. It is envious of others. Hate is selfish. Hate refuses to compromise and refuses peace. Hate controls, manipulates and dictates. Hate breaks relationships and divides.

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The power of love is so much greater and offers so much more. Love can only be attained through humility whereas hate is derived from pride. Love and peace come from all things good. God is the source of love and peace. If you are serving God, you know peace and love. You are led by the Holy Spirit through convictions on how to react, respond and behave. The exact opposite can be said for hate. If you are serving Satan, hate is all you know. Hate comes from darkness. The powers of darkness too can lead your way of life. The more you feed these powers of darkness, the stronger the dark power will be over you. You feed darkness by your disobedience to God, your pride, ungodly choices and/or lifestyle, and what is in your heart. These are just a few things that open the door to Satan’s power in your life. And yes, you can and will open a door to Satan into your life by your choices. The same with God…you can receive his abundant blessings if you choose to follow Him and be obedient to His Word. It’s that simple.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Hate comes from brokenness and many times it is a reflection of the realization of the emptiness and pain in one’s life. It helps justify denial. Healthy people strive for resolution and have no room for hate in their lives. Hateful people want to remain where they are. Hating someone is never a healthy result of a conflict. Communication, resolution, and ultimately true peace should be the goal.

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Love can be very difficult at times and it requires much prayer and discipline. If someone has caused you pain, love will not come naturally from our flesh. Love is driven by the Holy Spirit within you and only through prayer. Hate is very easy. Hate requires nothing but our selfish, fleshly desire to serve ourselves and driven by the powers of darkness.

1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins

How do you love someone who has caused great pain? This cannot and will not be achieved on our own. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us to forgiveness. We must remember that God grants mercy to the undeserving, and that would be you and me. Though difficult, we must do the same.

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

James 2:13
Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The Bible. It’s filled with wisdom and keeps me in line. If you are asking yourself, where do I begin in reading the Bible? Proverbs and Psalms are filled with wisdom and guidance on how we should live our lives. If you’re seeking wisdom, you will find it. Once you are finished with those, you will have a thirst for more and God will lead you.

We all have a choice between being loving or hateful. It all depends on what force we allow to rule our life…goodness or evil. It’s our free will to choose, but all our choices come with consequences, either here on earth or eternally. I choose goodness and I choose God. No one will ever have such power over me as to make me disobey and turn my back on the God of my many blessings. This is not accomplished through my own efforts, because if it was, I’d fail miserably. It is only attainable through God’s grace and mercy which He has bestowed upon me so that I may bestow it upon others. I am undeservingly forgiven every day, through a great price that Jesus paid for me…and for you. I must make an effort, with His help, to do the same.

 

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Writer’s Block, Already? I wanted to write about Peace.

I was all geared up to write an amazing blog on peace. I had a vision of what it was going to look and sound like. I typed away, I deleted. I typed again, I deleted. I exited out and saved it for later. I began again, I deleted. I had nothing. I was completely blank. That is very unlike me. I am never at a loss for words – ever.

When I began this blog, thoughts flowed through me at such an incredible pace, I was thankful remembering that I was once clocked at typing 98 wpm so I knew my fingers were able to keep up with my mind. I created lists that contained lists within them of all the things I wanted to share my perspective on. It was an explosion of information and thoughts.

But not recently. I had nothing. I was all tapped out. And I know exactly why. My mind is not and has not been at peace due to some awful outside influences which have been sent to distract me. I haven’t been in the His word, I am not seeking His wisdom and my head has been filled with Satan’s lies and confusion. Satan knows my greatest goal is raising Godly children, having a Godly marriage, and living a life in obedience to God’s word. He knows that I know that if I do these things, God will provide all my blessings, including true peace. He’s thrown many things at us in the past 10 years and now he’s using yet another tactic to tear our family apart in the hopes we will just give up and give into his dark kingdom.

Corinthians 14:33

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

John 8:44

….when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

A great friend of mine always told me that when she gave me advice, it didn’t come from her but from the Holy Spirit. I was so thankful to have her give me truth in love and turn my thinking around. I admired her for giving credit to the Holy Spirit for her anointed words and they helped changed my life during some very difficult times. She was truly Godsent. As I’ve grown closer to God, surrendered to His will, meditated and sought wisdom from His word, I have also felt this anointing, mostly when speaking to my family. I don’t feel as comfortable sharing such deep and intimate wisdom with others who may not be ready to receive nor willing. But I feel that it is my role as a mother and wife to feed my family wisdom through God’s word. Many times, I stop and realize that I am being led by God with my words and am in awe of the wisdom that comes out of my mouth. This is not a prideful moment of me knowing it all, but it is a revelation of God guiding me with His wisdom. This wisdom that flows through me has proven to be real and true resulting in my children walking in righteousness and our family and my marriage being solid and whole despite everything sent to tear it apart.

Spiritual warfare is real and has been attacking our family for nearly 10 years. It is an unseen entity that tries to infiltrate a happy home, filled with love, unity, and righteousness and tries to destroy it through disease, turmoil, emotional pain, and people. I have seen it happen to my family and thankfully, we are a strong, convicted family and, by the grace of God, we continue to survive Satan’s attacks. If we didn’t live in obedience and surrender to Him, this wouldn’t be the case. I’ve watched it destroy families who are not as solid in their convictions and their obedience to God and they are left with nothing but devastation despite the façade they skillfully present.

If we let it, it can and it will consume us too. We must resist the temptation of Satan’s suggestions to participate in anything that is not of God. We know better. Satan knows he cannot get to my children, my marriage, and my family, so he is doing everything he can and using individuals who are spiritually weak to attack us on a continual basis. They are simply pawns in Satan’s game and are unaware of the stronghold he has over them. It’s quite sad seeing someone you once loved so deceived and unaware of the role they are playing in Satan’s kingdom.  All we can do is pray for their deliverance and only God can do that.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

The reason I began this blog was because my mind was filled with such revelations on so many issues and writing about them and sharing them was very therapeutic for me. I’ve been stifled for so long by so many, not able to tell my truth and I’ve allowed others to paint a false picture of me and who I am. This blog is my truth.

When I write, I feel like I am removing something tangible from my body and placing it somewhere else, feeling relief that it is no longer inside me. I know that this is the only way I am going to achieve peace — by getting my truth out of me. I’ve come to the conclusion that true peace may never occur in our situation and know now that the peace we strived for as a family,  is unattainable despite our efforts. That alone needs to be our compass for what peace and resolution look like in this particular circumstance and we must accept, “It is what it is!”

Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of peace that is defined in Webster’s Dictionary and the kind we would ultimately desire but sometimes peace is accepting the situation despite the outcome. It’s finally letting go and moving on acknowledging that it is out of our hands and a door has been closed, locked, and the key is thrown away.

Acceptance of an outcome you did not desire is a difficult thing. I had written all these wonderful adjectives describing peace: serenity, tranquility, contentment, etc. in my first attempt to write a blog on peace. While I completely agree that those adjectives contribute to my definition of what true peace is, they are only attainable under normal circumstances. Sometimes taking our peace back is as simple as acceptance despite the outcome. Ideally, resolution, reconciliation and the removal of strife equates to peace to most people, but not to everyone. When left in the wake of someone else’s delusional idea of peace (i.e., without resolution and continued strife), there are no other avenues to explore for peace other than acceptance.

This began as a blog on writers block. I guess I just wrote a blog on peace….without me even knowing it. Thank you, Holy Spirt.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Peace!