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“May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward; let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up; with which the reaper does not fill his hand, or the binder of sheaves his bosom; nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.”  (Psalm 129:5-8)

The world hates those who are faithful.  The Lord teaches us to love all, even those who hate us.  Do not spend your time thinking of those who hate you, but dwell upon the goodness of the Lord.  He will take care of all, even those who hate.  Leave that to the Lord.  Be one who blesses others as you have been blessed.  Love, and do not hate them. Seek the will of the Lord who redeems you and do good.

Lord, I do get caught up in the way of this world and its constant hatred.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth.  Guide me away from my feelings and into the place of knowing that You, O Lord, are always good and that all things are now and forever in Your hands.  Show me how to live each day in Your presence, doing what is pleasing in Your sight.

Lord Jesus, apart from You and the grace You give, it would be impossible.  Lead me this day, O Lord, to walk humbly with You as You lead.  Guide me away from those things which cause me to stumble that I may now and always abide with You and You with me.  May I be led by Your Spirit throughout this day, being the blessing You intend me to be.  Amen.

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