Lesson 8 from To Be a Handmaid of the Lord
(Vashti, Esther, Jezebel, and Athaliah)
There is a difference in not being liked for doing what is right, like Jesus (Is. 53:3) and just not being liked or likeable. Pay attention and make the most of the opportunities that you have to be improved by the refining that comes from God’s word (Ps. 66:10).
Esther was liked by all she came in contact with because of respectful manner and humility. The only person who did not like her, Haman, didn’t even know he didn’t like her! He hated her people – but was not aware that they were her people until she revealed it Haman’s evil plan to the king. Will your enemies be surprised to find YOU are one they count as an enemy?
Kindness is a weapon we have to destroy those who would talk against Christ (Romans 12:19-21). Our own behavior can either bring glory to God or to bring reproach (1 Tim. 5:14-15; Titus 2:3-5). When YOUR name is spoken, what will come to mind?
Let this lesson remind you of these women. Let it show you what behavior to imitate and which to avoid. God gave these examples so that we might learn from them – allow them to teach you.
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