This is an excerpt from a book I am currently reading, and it’s too important to not share.
The book deals with passive people (Ahab spirit), and aggressive people (Jezebel spirit). This book helps you to become assertive, instead of either a victim or a bully. Intimidation, fear of rejection, destroying your reputation, gossiping about you, fear, threats, physical abuse, mental abuse, etc makes you into a victim, and gives power to the bully. This small excerpt hardly shows this books full potential.
Let the healing begin!
“We all want people to accept us and think well of us. But the passive personality—bound by the fear of what people will think or say—continually forgoes opportunities to take a stand. It becomes easier to avoid speaking up when we have been insulted. At the time it seems less painful to bury our true feelings and act as if nothing is wrong when someone violates the boundaries of good behavior. When passive people do confront someone who treated them unpleasantly, they usually soften their statements by saying something like, “I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way.” But this is also a passive cop-out because it lacks authority and assertiveness.
As Christians, we do not have an option when it comes to forgiving others. We forgive as we have been forgiven. “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:26). But too often, passive people will not hold others accountable for the consequences of their offensive actions. It becomes too easy to sweep things under the rug instead of saying something like, “I forgive you, but I won’t be able to loan you money in the future,” or “Your outburst caused me a lot of hurt, and I won’t allow you to put me in that situation again.”
Excerpt From: Sampson, Steve. “Discerning and Defeating the Ahab Spirit.” Baker Publishing Group, 2010-09-01. iBooks.
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