Is there someone who inspires you or encourages you unintentionally?

I’m not talking about the intentional encouragement of this post – I purposefully publish this blog to inspire, encourage, inform and help us grow together. I’m talking about someone who silently inspires you. Is there someone that you secretly notice how…

They work hard for their family.

Gracefully they endure hardship.

Unselfishly they sacrifice for others.

Courageously they fight an illness or disability.

They always have a smile when you need to see it.

They can find always find positive in the most negative situations.

Refuse to give up nor allow anyone else to give up…no matter what.

They have grown and overcome obstacles to become someone no one thought they would be.

There are innumerable ways that someone can unintentionally encourage you. Many times they do it without trying. Why? Because exhortation (encouragement) is a spiritual gift from God.

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Do you know anyone who you would describe as a MEAN PERSON?

Do they claim to be a Christian?

Do you know anyone who is stressful to be around?

Everyone one is mean sometimes, and no one is mean all the time, but unfortunately, some Christians are mean most of the time.

They may not even intend to be mean, or they may take pride in it. They may consider themselves to be passionate, or strong, or steadfast, or strict.

The truth is that mean Christians ARE NOT walking in the Spirit.

There’s a difference in being aggressive and assertive. There is a difference in being strict and mean….strict is diligence and the demand for adherence…”sticking to it”.

Mean is an unkind, hurtful and cruel attitude. A person can be assertive but respectful.

A person can be strict but, loving and kind.

God is strict in what He demands of us, but loving. He doesn’t even MAKE us obey Him. He merely sets His standards and expectations.

But, being mean is being cruel, overly harsh, unkind and disrespectful. Too many Christians take pride in being mean and view kindness and meekness as weakness.

You can even be mean and nice at the same time (you can be nice to get into position to stab someone in the back), but you can’t be mean and kind at the same time (because kindness is a Fruit of the Spirit, not niceness).

Too many people enjoy hurting others, establish how ‘strong’ they are, or hide insecurity through being mean.

Too many try to hide their own inabilities and shortcomings by being mean. And worst of all, too many try to represent Christ by being mean.

They treat unbelievers, the lost, and even Christians who don’t believe EXACTLY as they do with contempt.

We can’t CONVERT anyone or bring anyone to Christ being mean-spirited!

God commands that we be tender-hearted, gentle and kind (Ephesians 4:32). Being mean is totally opposite to the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

 Too many Christians and churches have done more harm than good, and turned the weak away from the faith by being mean.

We must not let our passion for God and His Kingdom to give us an excuse to be mean.

Some people have a more natural mean disposition, and others have had life make them more harsh, but we can’t allow that to be an excuse to be mean if we claim to be of Christ.

We can’t just say, ‘that’s just the way I am!”

You aren’t obligated to excuse mean people. And, you can overcome a natural propensity to have a mean attitude.

That’s why the bible says…

Philippians 4:13

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

That’s why the bible says…

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Being mean is a STRONGHOLD, it is an aspect of PRIDE, and opposite of every FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. Let us examine ourselves and our attitudes to make sure we aren’t hurting the cause of Christ by being mean…and pray for those who are.


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