So often we find ourselves in situations only to find out the person was not a sister or brother in Christ at all.
I remember years ago, I had no problem in letting people go. If I saw them as an immediate problem, I didn’t waste time to find out if they were going to betray me or not. I discerned it and cut the cord immediately. I’m not saying that there will never be situations in which this is the necessary route. Because in some cases, such as abuse, it is necessary. I tell people often, God does not want any of us being mishandled nor abused. There’s nowhere in scripture that teaches us to be pushovers. There are times God will tell us to speak up and there are times He will tell us to be still. Especially when it comes to our enemies.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:7)
Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you. (Deuteronomy 3:22)
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:14)
So, often we have a tendency to think, just because we are believers, being mishandled is part of the territory. But, my sisters and brothers, it’s not.Now, on the other hand, we are taught to love one another. Also, we are taught to forgive and restore one another in the spirit of meekness.
Brothers, even if a man should be caught in some trespass, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.(Galatians 6:1)
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.(1 John 4:20) One thing we have to discern in this hour, is who are the brethren and who are our enemies? When do we know when to reconcile a relationship or to just let it go. I believe it takes wisdom and also knowing one another by our fruit will let us know the difference
.Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?(Matthew 7:16)
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.(Matthew 7:18)
Again, in this hour, let’s take time to inspect the fruit of those we are in covenant with. Sometimes it doesn’t take overnight. But, over the course of time, it will be revealed that the person or people are not who they are portraying to be at all. I have seen many go down the wrong path in restoring an enemy. Only to find themselves bitten by the same snake again. I have also seen where people are adamant about tearing another down and assassins ones character. But again, I say, this is a battle you don’t have to fight. God knows how to handle our enemies. Believe me!
So, take time in this hour to inspect the fruit. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of heartache if you do.