5 Things To Do When Someone Mistreats You

5 Things To Do When Someone Mistreats You
If someone mistreats you, what should you do?

1. Make sure you have your facts straight. In the heat of the moment, it's easy to misunderstand a situation (Proverbs 18:13).
See Cookie Thieves

2. Keep calm and pray. Don’t do anything until you’ve given your anxious thoughts to the Lord (Philippians 4:6-7).
See Attitude Adjustment

3. Remember that you sometimes do things unintentionally that hurt others. Perhaps that's what happened. Give the other person some grace (Matthew 5:5; Ephesians 4:2).
See Inherit

4. Respond in the way you would want others to respond to you (Matthew 7:12).
See 7 Ways to Walk in the Opposite Spirit

5. Apologize to your offender if you didn't get your facts straight or responded angrily even if they were more wrong than you (James 5:16).
See Make No Mistake

The day I wrote this devotion, God gave me opportunity to apply it to my life. I'm so grateful for His Word!
5 Things To Do When Someone Mistreats You

Keeping Spiritually Fit

Keeping Spiritually Fit - Matthew 4:4, 1 Timothy 4:8
To maximize our health, we need a healthy diet and regular exercise. These reduce our risk of heart disease, and keep us from growing weak and flabby.

The same is true for our spirits.

To stay spiritually fit, we need a healthy diet with large daily servings of God’s Word:

"Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

We also need regular exercise in applying Biblical principles:

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

These lower our risk of spiritual heart disease.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2

Keeping Spiritually Fit - Matthew 4:4, 1 Timothy 4:8


Did God Really Say that about a camel and a needle?


Did God Really Say that about a camel and a needle? Find out what it means
A Camel going through the eye of a needle?? Did God really say that?

“Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:25-27

Jesus used this hyperbole(1) to teach us:

1. Wealth is not a sign of righteousness. This refutes the teaching of every prosperity teacher who claims God wants us rich (Philippians 4:11; James 2:5).

2. Wealth is a popular and deadly false god (Matthew 6:24).

3. It’s impossible to get a camel through the eye of a needle, and it’s impossible for a man to save himself (Romans 8:3).

Thank you, Jesus, that you can do what is impossible for us!
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(1) a hyperbole is a statement not meant to be taken literally, but to make a point. Some people have theorized that Jesus was really talking about a camel going through a small city gate, but most Bible scholars refute this suggestion. See 4 Guidelines for Recognizing Figurative Language in Scripture
Did God Really Say that about a camel and a needle? Find out what it means


Are You a Signed or Unsigned Masterpiece?

Are You a Signed or Unsigned Masterpiece link - 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 2:10
This unsigned chalk on vellum portrait is called "La Bella Principessa.” Some believe it's a 16th Century work of Leonardo DaVinci. 

The owner purchased it as a 19th Century portrait by an unknown artist, but experts believe the artist, like DaVinci, was a left-hander with a meticulous anatomic understanding.

In addition, a fingerprint left when the artist blended the paints resembles a fingerprint from a signed DaVinci painting. 

Critics are still divided about its authenticity, and an art forger is trying to claim it as his work.

On the other hand, there is no question about our authenticity.  When we belong to Christ, He affirms that we're genuine, signed masterpieces (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). The more we allow our Master to leave his fingerprints on us, the more valuable we become!

"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath 
Source: A closer look at La Bella Principessa
Are You a Signed or Unsigned Masterpiece link - 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 2:10
 

Standing Firm for Jesus Despite Hypocrisy, Hatred, and Censorship

Judgment, Hate, Tolerance - Standing for Jesus
Some people judge and hate Christians because they claim Christians are judgmental and hateful. 

In the name of tolerance, some people insist Christian beliefs shouldn't be tolerated.  

Some people claim Christians should be silenced in order to maintain freedom of speech.

Everyday Christians are stereotyped because a few deranged people calling themselves Christians commit hate crimes.

Most genuine believers share God's truth in love.

But people still hate us (John 15:18-19). 

Many professing Christians are buckling under the pressure and rejecting God's values. But genuine believers are standing firm (Matthew 24:12-13).

If you are faithfully sharing God's truth with our lost and dying culture, you will identify with Jeremiah 20:8-9:

“The word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire… I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”  

Stand firm, dear Christians. 

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To do a short Bible study on this devotion, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.
For more encouragement, read these 1-minute devotions:
Standing Firm and Reaching Out
Who Do You Say That I Am?
Is Jesus Likable? 
Judgment, Hate, Tolerance - Standing for Jesus
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