To ‘learn’ the principles of the Kingdom of God, we have to ‘un-learn’ a lot of our normal habits. Matthew 5 outlines quite a few of those principles. To be merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, salt and light, to love your enemies and bless those that curse you. A number of these principles are completely opposite to the way we feel and what we do when we get hurt, accused, or used.
There is such power in doing the opposite to what a situation expects. So instead of expressing anger, express a blessing, give instead of getting, serve instead of expecting to be served.
Our human nature is selfish, easily angered and often jealous. The kingdom of God releases you from all of those constraints, God’s ways in His kingdom, will help you live a fulfilled life and will touch everyone you meet, if you just operate in His ways.
When you don’t know what to do, walk in the opposite spirit.
Lord, teach me the ways of Your kingdom, help me love unconditionally, bless frequently. Let joy overflow in me, Amen.
What are you going through right now, that you are annoyed about, why not try doing the opposite of what you feel and express God’s Kingdom in your response.
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