I agree, +ffryan
, it is such a fine balance, and one I constantly try to examine in myself through prayer and Bible reading. My biggest concern is that what I do is not my will but the Lord's...and it's important to me that I don't act out of arrogance. Also, it's funny that you mentioned the perfect love thing. <3 I recently had some very strong hurts over the Baltimore struggle. I grieved a lot over the bitterness and cruelty between people here in America...more than I even would have expected. After about 4 days, I felt a new understanding on how to respond to hate (By connecting to people in love and spreading the Gospel and suffering other's pain with them so that they are not alone in their pain) and after it...the Bible became a whole new book and I felt like a whole new person. I think the hardest part of being open to God speaking to us through others is dealing with the suffering that comes with it and not letting it separate us from God. I spoke lovingly to an ex in public and he came to me in private and spoke rudely to me for being passive by even wishing him well. I was STUNNED. I didn't know how to take it and I informed him that I had been genuine and he continued to tear me down and told me that I was 'trying to look better'...I went to the Lord to seek His guidance because I didn't understand what I had missed. It was very difficult for me because I had been so warm to him but he treated me so bitterly. It was a serious tear down to experience it In my openness to others, I leave myself equally open the the motives of the devil to attack through others. I ended up going to the Bible seeking guidance. I know that in Christ, we are to suffer persecution, so...remember, even if we are being true to God's will for us, we are most certainly still prone to outside attacks. (But God will recover us, he knows the cruelty of Satan unto us is to bring us down.) Meanwhile, I will keep heavily into the Bible and prayer to keep myself strong in our Heavenly Father's will.