48. R U Authentic - the Real, True You?
Are you the real you every day? It is easy and normal for to adopt a personality at workplace or place of gathering and act accordingly for the day. It's also easy to be the real you at home. Is the real you respectful and loving toward others, in your familiar surroundings? It is wonderful when you are treated with respect and care - and when you are joyful and comfortable; have low stress etc. Wish that was the reality! When you are tired you may react out of hurts and release frustrations on to the people you love. Hurt people hurt people. Of course there are moments of utter joy like shown in the photo; like holding onto your baby for the first time that allows the joy and love to stay at the surface.
Life happens. Usually it's not smooth. Challenges come at work and in your life. When those issues and frustrations are carried, you release them and then may react at home out of the frustrations that have little or nothing to do with the people around you. You hurt the ones you love. Your actions cause much more pain than you can imagine. It is the way you pour out your stress and frustration that hurts others. Marriages, friendships or relationships are destroyed by one dig after another, one put down after another; little by little.
The real, authentic christian life is a fight. It's a warfare with inner peace. It's a warfare with the enemy. The enemy wants you to loose. Loose to bitterness, anger and resentment. Supernatural evil does exist; Ephesians 6:12 "For we do not wrestle again flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
The most agony you can cause the enemy is to follow the fruits of the spirit! Fight angry reactions and replace them with compassion; bitterness with focused love and patience through the Lord; resentment, inferiority and lies with benevolence and truth; false pride, inferiority and ego with truth, compassion and faith. We are for each other, not against one another! Choose today who you will serve in every instance. Make the enemy's life hellish through your love! Relational issues truly are a major warfare through the enemy. You can win! It's how you, we, others receive and act out the message that makes a difference.
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