I remember a time over ten years ago when Shirley Allen and i had a conversation that made me laugh and think at the same time. Then it led to contemplation here in my recent "present" life.
She had said a few things: "grumpy old ladies, were grumpy young ladies and little ladies." "Those who are no longer together but have moments of anger or frustration, still have feelings for them." "Those who lie about someone they DON'T know have some personal hurts and issues that they need to come to grip with." "When your children are little they step on your toes, and when they are older they step on your heart." She also just made me laugh and said to enjoy the moments because they fly by rather quickly. I don't know about you but I guard my heart from those who always talk sourly of others continually. Especially when they seem to try and turn people against another soul by puffing themselves to be "concerned." I also "let down my hair" here at home only. I DO have my very very somber quiet moments.
SO maybe it is best to gird ourselves with the armour of God. Maybe it is time for a "come to Jesus meeting" that is the necessary steps.
Recently, I also have come to realize when others just "believe" what others say negatively about someone - that is a sad travesty, especially when it is in "saint" circles. But also when someone treats another rudely right from the beginning; they have some insecurities that THEY need to over come, therefore, it's up to me to treat them even kinder, because of who lives IN ME. When other human beings are mean and gossipy - It's time for me to pray FOR THEM and to lay my life down FOR THEM like Jesus has shown me through his word and then has led me by example.
So it is sad to me that "new" people can ruin "Old relationships" because they have no root in the Lord, really. But that is okay, I will continue to make others uncomfortable when I walk hand in hand with Jesus Christ and he personally chisels away the old me, transforming me to be the image of him. It is my goal to live and die loving like Jesus Christ, even when they "slight" me for the cause of Christ and their desperate search becomes an obvious need for Him also.
"Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, All your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength." "Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF." "For greater LOVE has NO ONE than this, that he lay down his life for his friend." "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES!" Even though they treat you unjustly. I didn't say you have to be their best friend but Love them.
I have made many mistakes in my short life. And have been very protective with my heart and those I LOVE. I have become moved to no longer follow a recluse life but now I am challenged to be BOLD. So I will continue to be close to those that I am close to; Love like Jesus has led me to love, despite how others "perceive" me as a "threat" out of their believed doubts. Strive to walk along and have a pure and holy lifestyle that is real. Abba, Father God knows my heart strings. Those for the desire to possess TRUE Love, Concern, and to continue to grow in PRAYER POWERED COVERAGE! My choice is to Follow Jesus Christ and LOVE! If an agape LOVE lived life makes one uncomfortable than I suggest an open heart spiritual surgery and that you follow JESUS CHRIST and not a mere human being, who very well may be wagging sly poison through falsehoods. Then FORGIVE the one you've known the longest and move to a restitution that edifies The living word of God.
Then for me - LIVE in Jesus Christ through the life I lead for a short time.