Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Children of God are those who live their lives under the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord.
St. Matthew 5:5 and 9, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
As Children of God, there were times when we felt used, disrespected, and mistreated by those who chosen to offensively challenge us. Those may have been by our spouses, children, in-laws, enemies, bosses, neighbors, and people on the streets as well as our workplaces. During those unwanted moments, our humble-hearts, kind actions, love for Jesus, and God-fearing characteristics were viewed as weakness by those offensive challengers.
Titus 3:2, “To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”
From the fear of God and His judgments, we struggle to keep from complaining about others in our thoughts, at the most. We try to control our emotions, words, and actions at the least. Complaints, arguments, grudges, animosity, and fights are manners that go against The Word of God.
Ephesians 4:1-3, “… walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
1 Timothy 6:11, “… follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
Still, there are days when too much had built up and we break down. We may find ourselves screaming and crying out our hurts and pains to God while praying strong and hard. Whether we individually shed tears or not, and regardless of how defenseless we may feel at those moments, this is one of the holiest and God-fearing manners to respond.
St. Luke 6:27-30 and 35-37, “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other; and him that taketh away they cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. …, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest; for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”
While we pray for ourselves and unwanted situations by the mouths and hands of offensive challengers, we are also to lovingly include them in our thoughts and prayers meantime too.
Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Whatever goes on inside and around us, we have to always strengthen our faith in God and have deep-rooted trust in our own prayers. We must hope in the things that we do not see nor have control of, with dependence on Him and the Holy Spirit’s supernatural manifestations to deal with on our behalf.
Romans 8: 14, 16, and 18, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: … For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”