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Romans 12:14 “Be Different”
“While He was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’”
Isn’t it amazing how God wants us to return good for bad? Over and over, God reinforces how He wants us to be a positive example even when others act like dirt bags or treat us unfairly. When you think about it, being nice, even when you’re treated poorly, certainly is different, and people will likely take notice. I believe that’s God’s brilliance! When you surprise people by being nice, when they are trying to anger you, or by returning good for bad, you definitely stand out as doing things differently. If you stand out positively, that gives people a chance to realize you march to the beat of a different drummer. Then, the Drummer can be glorified!
So, next time you want to react defensively and fight fire with fire, try something new. Quietly bless the person; take a deep breath, and be as nice and as positive as you can make yourself toward the person pushing your buttons. As always, God’s way will once again show you how smart our God really is and why we should listen and learn!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”