“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” – Psalm 15:1-5
Life is full of people and experiences that will let you down and test you. How you handle the difficult moments in life says a lot about you. In all of these situations, think of what Jesus would do and act like him. Take the high road and be the bigger person, even when it is difficult.
Be the One Who Stays When Everyone Else Leaves
People will walk in and out of your life. We cannot always make other people stay, even when it is hard to let them go. You can be the one that chooses to stay when times get difficult. Be the person to stand by others when they are in need and when they need support the most, even if it is easier to walk away, choose to stay and be the light that others need in difficult times.
Forgive When They Are Undeserving
Forgiving others can be very difficult. It can be hard to both forgive and be forgiven. It is especially difficult to forgive others who are undeserving of forgiveness. When someone has hurt you in the worst way and has betrayed you, the last thing that you want to do is forgive them. In these situations think of what Jesus would do. Take the high road and forgive them like Jesus would forgive them. Be understanding that we are all human and we all make mistakes. You can forgive, but you do not have to forget.
Show Love When You Are Betrayed
When others do not show love towards you, when they betray you, when they hurt you, show them love. It can be hard to give love when it is not returned, but when you show others love and kindness, that love will be returned to you in ways that you never thought possible. Your good deeds will be returned to you. Have patience and the Lord will bless you and reward you for showing love to others.
Be Like Jesus
When life gets difficult, when relationships fail and when you feel like giving up look to the Lord. Think of what Jesus would do in every situation and be like him. Shine his light to others when they need it most. You will be rewarded for your acts of kindness and your love towards others in ways that you never thought possible.
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