14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
To return a positive gesture or comment to a person who has just given a negative gesture or comment to us can be very challenging at times. Different emotions are entered into our minds: rage, anger, and jealousy. As children of God, we should all make an effort to not give in to these emotions, and bless the ones that persecute us.
It is easy to give in to these negative emotions and slip into this trap. But God wants us to choose love over hate, and joy over fear. It takes mental toughness and will, but with faith in God’s love and trust in ourselves, we can achieve the ability to bless the ones who persecute us.
When we focus on returning love and joy instead of hate and sadness, we are brought together and are united. While we do this, we must stay humble and consistently return love to others, because that is God’s hope for us.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity and the ability to give and receive love, even when sadness surrounds us. Please give me the strength and will to combat hate with love, and to stay humble in my daily life. Amen.~CJ Arena