26 Oct

Out smarted?

Are we being out smarted?

Give some thought to this passage.

I am taken by the last line that basically says :

We can’t let the enemy outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.

Surely we are aware of his schemes. Together we can help each other not be outsmarted by the enemy.

Are we being outsmarted?

Love isn’t always easy.

I heard recently that our quality of life is built on the quality of our relationships.

Relationships get really messy. Often times those we love the most hurt us the deepest.

Nonetheless, we have to move on. Enough is enough. We have to reach out. Try again and be ready to be disappointed, yet committed, to loving unconditionally.

Stupid is one thing. Being stubborn and bull headed is another. Boundaries are good and sometimes walls are required. Here on the Praire we like to say that good fences make for great neighbors. But let’s not get punked by the enemy and miss out on precious years and memories that can never be regained simply because we were outsmarted by evil.

Pick up the phone. Make the call. Send the text. Begin again. Say you’re sorry. Those three words are often the best way to say, “I love you.” These are the words the enemy hates the most! Let’s turn the table on him!

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 NLT

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.