I have been thinking about the horrible things that are happening right now. Instead of getting better, it is getting worse and I have to say it is not only scary to watch but very sad. It just breaks my heart to see around me so much hate, misery and anger. It seems to me that evil is spreading contention faster than we can think, and it is successful in reaching the hearts of many.
But why do we let evil influence us so much? Why do we listen to the lies of politicians and the media and believe people that make no secret out of their corruption and dishonesty? Why do we listen to people who tell us bad things about others instead of getting to know the person first and listening to what our heart tells us? Why do we listen to “leaders” who try to divide us in every possible way? Why is it so hard to accept a person for who he/she is? Why is it so hard to understand that tolerance and acceptance doesn’t mean we have to agree with someone’s choices, lifestyle and opinions but we can still be kind, compassionte and gracious?
With worry I have watched the aggressiveness of many on social media when someone said or posted something the other person didn’t like. I have watched people attacking and unfriending each other simply because they were of a different opinion. I seldom respond to contentious comments now because the way I see it, there is no reason to argue, fight and contend because it just causes bad feelings and possible losing of trust and even friendships. Is it worth it?
Sometimes the best thing we can do, when someone disagrees with us on something, is to acknowledge the difference of opinion and move on. We will never be able to force someone to change their mind unless they are willing to do so. I know how I am, and when I am convinced that I am right and I feel good about it, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Trying to force your opinion and view on me, just makes me angry and upset because I feel like you expect me to respect you, but you are not willing to do the same in return. We can discuss it, but we have to accept that we might have to agree to disagree.
I love my family and friends, but sometimes I just can’t discuss certain things with them because I know they completely disagree with me and I don’t want to destroy my relationship with them. When they get too annoying and aggressive I can always respond in a fair but sarcastic way. 😉
Humor helps me through a lot and the way I see it, there are always ways to make relationships work no matter how much you disagree. I have had many times when I didn’t understand how the other person can feel or think that way, but they probably think the same way about me. Aggression and hate will never be the answer. Satan wants us to follow him and he wants all of us to feel alone, unloved and miserable. We don’t have to give in to him though and can stay strong. We can do what is right, stand up for what we believe in and still cherish our loved ones even if they disapprove and disagree. Let’s show the world that love is stronger than hate, good is stronger than evil. We can do anything as long as we have God by our side.