Ok. Maybe I Will be Submitting this One. I didn't Know Yesterday, when I Posted, that I would be Posting two Days in a Row and yet somehow it Seems like the Appropriate Time to Submit this.
Here are just a Few Thoughts that I've been Recently Thinking about. The First is about the Story of the Competition Between the Sun and the Wind.
The Sun and the Wind were Talking about a Man Walking Below them who had his Coat on and they Both Claimed that they could Influence the Man to Take his Coat Off. The Wind Went First and Tried to Use Force. He Blew and Blew and Blew in the Attempt to Blow the Coat Off of the Guy, but the Harder the Wind Blew, the More the Man Clung to the Coat, so the Wind was Unsuccessful in Forcing the Man to Do as the Wind was Insisting on.
Next, the Sun Took a Turn. Instead of Force, the Sun Simply Used Warmth. The Sun Came Out and Shown Brightly, Warming Up the Air Until, Guess What? The Man Removed his Coat of his Own Free Will, without being Forced in any Way to Do so.
So what is the Moral of the Story. Well, the Warmth of Love is more Effective than any Form of Forceful Persuasion.
I've Know this for a Very Long Time and yet Applying it is so Very Hard to do. Sometimes the Way in which People Resist us and at Times Behave in Ways that we Consider Inconsiderate just Cause us to Feel Angry to the Point in which Our Love Dries Up, yet Applying Our Own Source of Forceful Wind does not Alleviate the Problem.
As Difficult as it is, the Lord Says that we are to "Turn the Other Cheek" (v. 39), "Go the Extra Mile" (v. 41), "Give to him who Asks of us" (v. 2) and "Pray for our Enemies" (v. 44). (Matthew 5:39-44)
Here is where I have Struggled in Relation to this...
I've Discovered that there are People Out there who have Divided the World into Dominants and Submissives and who Appear to Believe that the Above Verses are for those who are Submissive by Nature. I Hated this because the Above Verses are not just for "Submissives", but for Everyone. The Other Reason that I Hated this is because if a "Submissive" does Apply the Above, God does not Get the Glory, for if Submissiveness is in some People's Nature, then those who are Submissive get the Credit for Acting in Accordance with their Own Nature and it is not God who Gets the Glory.
The Other Problem with Dividing the World into Dominants and Submissives is that Submissives then, get Taken for Granted. They are Viewed as People who are just Acting in Accordance to their Nature and the Full Extent of the Sacrifice that is being Made is not Recognized. This Results in Lack of Appreciation and a Disregard for their Needs.
What such a Dominant doesn't Realize is that these Verses were Written for Everyone, not just for Submissives and that the Principle that the Sun Persuades Better than the Wind is Still True, even for those who are Dominant. Submissives are Human Beings and Human Beings do not Always Behave as they Should. Even if there is Submissiveness in that Person's Nature, the Dominant is Still Required to be Warm, rather than Cold and Forceful.
What I have Said is Actually Quite Conservative in Nature, for I Know that Some would go even Further with the Idea in Favor of these "So Called 'Submissives'" by saying that there is no such thing and we are all Equal.