JESUS HAS THE ANSWER
Dear child, thank you for noticing the apparent contradiction between seeing the world for what it is and loving your neighbor. Thank you for not blindly falling into an easy posture of self-righteousness.
It sounds as though you’ve allowed My
Helper, the Holy Spirit, to bring clarity to your mind but not your heart. This can happen when you view prayer as mainly something you “think.” In truth, prayer is best led by the heart. That is why I commanded you to love your Father rather than to merely “think good thoughts” about Him.
Imagine love as a cool, clean stream flowing directly from your Father through Me to you. Imagine kneeling at the rocky bank, bowing your head and dipping your hands to cup a bit of water to drink. When you’re drinking from this stream—when you’re loving your Father, Me, the Spirit or one another—you’re one with Me as I am one with your Father. When you’re drinking from this stream, you become a conduit of My love.
The way out of your dilemma: See past your neighbors’ mistakes to the broken part of them that is causing them to boast. Open your heart and send out My living water in the form of your heart’s compassion to soothe their hurt, to mend their brokenness. The more of My water you give, the much more you will receive. —Jesus to the crowd,
John 7:37–38 NKJV
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”