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God is aware of all our sins and faults. Therefore, He sent Jesus to show us all mercy and grace. He provides us with access to strength and direction through the scriptures. One of these amazing access points can be found in Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of your Father in heaven because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” This passage of scripture is one of a call to arms as to whom we will choose to serve. The world has an opposite viewpoint and will generally say that to act in accordance with the above-stated scripture is a sign of weakness. I submit to you that this is a picture of what true strength looks like. In Mathew 5:44-45 the word of God says “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. That you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “We are living in a season where we must allow the word of God to be our guide. God is not surprised by the world's thinking or behavior. He is aware of our daily challenges and how often we will face them, yet and still, He requires us to do our part and love. As children of our father, our lives should be a reflective surface of love even to the unlovable. Guess what, sometimes the unlovable is us. Despite how others may treat us. Our character should reflect the heart of God not man. Will we always behave in accordance with the above-stated scripture? No. Should we continue to strive for it? Absolutely. As followers of Christ, we don’t get to walk away when life gets challenging. We face the trials of life head-on every day. As Christians we have a built-in signal that offers guidance, this is our connection to Christ. Walking by faith means that ultimately only God knows the full plan and purpose for our lives; do you trust His leadership? Especially when things don’t work out according to your plans.

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