#755 – The Necessity of an Enemy

Have you considered that an enemy or a hater can, be more help than harm? Whether it was Jesus Christ or Abraham Lincoln both found a way to embrace people who hated them. Thereby becoming better because of it.

The truth is hard to get from people who love you, but it is easy to get from people who hate you. The truth is what sets your mind, soul and business free.

Do you have the heart to keep the haters in your camp? Are you comfortable enough with yourself to take the negative feedback and find the positive in it?

When, I consider some of the most embarrassing and hard to hear complaints from the people I love and lead. Though it was hard to hear, I now realize, those consumers were the instruments of growth.

I am reminded of David’s conflict with King Saul. The scriptures say, the Lord sent a spirit of jealousy to Saul. Then, there is also Moses, it was God, that hardened Pharaoh’s heart against the Hebrew slaves, he refused to let them go.

With so many examples of haters being made or sent by design, Should we look at the people, planted by God, in a new light.

After all, if the person ultimately pushes you toward your destiny and your purpose, is not that person, a friend?

[How 2 Handle Conflict]

1. Accept. Listen to the Challenge (Hear)
2. Assess. What is Truth and what is false (Examine)
3. Affirm. The truth vs the accusation (Speak)
4. Acknowledge. Be accountable to the offender (Encourage)

Exodus 9:12
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.

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