Does Life really Become Easier when you delete Negative People from it? Blogs, Facebook, other Christians, etc? This may be true, but I’m glad the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t feel that way..
As spirit filled, fire baptized followers of the Lord Jesus, do we really have to be so “off put, scared or leery of dealing with difficult people, or those who we think we discern may have a “wrong spirit”? Or perhaps we feel they just aren’t as spiritual as we are? Oh my! Then, who are we supposed to witness and be salty to, if we totally isolate ourselves from these ‘negative, toxic, or wrong spirited” people? You know…if you think about it, maybe, just maybe the Lord Jesus Christ put these difficult people in our path for our own benefit. How else are we to be tried and tested, so as to have the dross skimmed off in the Refiner’s Fire, and removed from our souls if we refuse to deal with these people as they come in to our lives? In other words, we must go through the refiners fire to be tried and tested, and that will never happen if we bail off the potter’s wheel before we are properly shaped by The Master…….
5“Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed
And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD?
6“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
7“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8“Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you remove the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
10And if you give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.” Isa 58