GOD did not let the task end without giving me a word of refreshment.
Praying is not asking GOD to change your circumstance but to change your character.
I am going to focus on friends in this post. Before and after I was won by GOD, I've had friends who betrayed me and friends who left me in their good times and my bad times. I've had friends who treated me like trash when all I did was to look after their own good. I've had friends who have made so many excuses and leave me. I've had friends who slandered, gossiped and lied about me to others. I've had friends who have judged me. I've had friends who have insulted my spiritual gifts. GOD made me see that Paul has encountered that. One man who has been a true friend and has been gifted with the ministry of refreshment named Onesiphorus who never left him in times of trouble.
But then, throughout my task, GOD refreshed me. GOD changed me not my circumstances.
One of Onesiphorus' qualities is loving without expectations. GOD instilled in my heart to love others without expecting to love me back or to treat me like how I treat them. And that inspite of being mistreated, I shall remain loving and forgiving of others.
I would like to quote a line from the book of Charles R. Swindoll "Building Blocks of Biblical Character"
WANTED: Refreshing person.
Education required: None.
Experience needed: None.
Qualifications: Must sense
hidden needs; must love
without expectations; must
Flatterers need not apply.
Do you have a friend who could qualify for this position? A friend who genuinely cares, whose words are uplifting and not judgmental, whose presence is like a refreshing spring shower?
I would not state names so I wouldn't seem unfair. hehehe! But then, GOD burdened my heart to be this kind of friend to everyone in my life.
One more line from the same book:
Though no one may notice our labors - labors which may seem insignificant in our world - the LORD doesn't forget them.
I am truly refreshed by this by my ever-perfect best FRIEND and my FATHER IN HEAVEN! Even if some friends fail to be nice to me or notice my existence in their lives, at least, I know that the LORD sees everything. And it's a beautiful revelation from HIM telling me that HE sees all the labors I'm doing and that HE loves me. I live only to please GOD.
BE AN ONESIPHORUS TO EVERYONE YOU MEET! WE ARE NOT PERFECT BUT OUR FOCUS DOESN'T LINGER ON THAT - IT SHOULD LINGER ON WHAT JESUS CHRIST DID ON THE CROSS!
Make an impact. Make a difference. Make a ripple. Tip the scale.
ALL THE GLORY BELONGS TO GOD ALONE!!!
GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU - NO MATTER WHAT!
When you feel GOD's love, OVERFLOW!