To blame your foes is to step on your own toes

If you blame your foes for your woes, you’ll step on your own toes! Defy foes. Continually put your kindness under their nose.

When you know that your biggest foe is yourself, you don’t feel a great need to fight someone else. You can let your fingers dance on the keyboard, without making it a war dance.

Disagreement doesn’t create a foe. Fighting does. Find common ground. If you really get to know the heart of your foe, you might find a friend.

No amount of anger, blame, and hostility can turn falsehood into truth. The they-cheated-card is usually played from the bottom of the deck. To blame others is to refuse to take responsibility. Accepting responsibility makes a brighter future. Blame gets stuck in the past. Blame doesn’t empower you or fix a situation. It just keeps you stuck in anger.

Blame often leads to anger and retaliation. Taking responsibility leads to healing. Beating the blame drum will make you feel glum & think you’re a victim. (“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” ― President Dwight D. Eisenhower)

It’s easy to see things the way you want them to be; hard to see how they really are. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize plain falsehood, even when its standing right in front of you. It’s hard not to get mad at anyone who points out our fantasies.

Many people don’t know that their hate hurts them more than it does their foe. Perhaps your biggest foe is what you don’t know about the people you see as threatening.

Instead of seeing a face as friend or foe, you can see a person made in God’s image. If you get to know your foe, heart-to-heart, your animosity will go.

When people say “no,” don’t attack them as a foe. Listen and let them show you what they know.

Biblical Christians extend love beyond family and friends — all the way to foes. They try to touch their foes with God’s kindness and love. There is no kindness so amazing as that given by a foe.

Human foes are people too.
They’re really very much like you.
Take the time to say, “How do you do”?

Friend or foe, I want you to know the amazing peace and joy of daily following the risen Jesus.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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