Whoever would foster love

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:9 NIV

As followers of Christ we are called to be led by love.  It is very easy when we are wronged by another person to become angry and desire to react in our fleshly nature.  But the ways of the sinful nature simply lead to the destruction.  As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and are led by the Holy Spirit in a greater way we will not respond in our sinful nature.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit will be produced in our lives and we will respond in love to those who wrong us and stand against us.

The bottom line is we live in a world filled with broken people.  Even in the body of Christ we have people that are at all different stages in their growth with Jesus Christ.  We should never allow the injury of another towards us to produce bitterness in our hearts.  When we walk in humility and love our hearts will be guarded from taking offense.  One of the great tactics and schemes of Satan is to bring division within the body of Christ.  May we be led by love in all things and walk in the Spirit in every area of our lives.  For when we walk in the Spirit we will not gratify the lust and desires of the sinful nature.

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