1 Corinthians 9:19-21
'Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law."

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A young black nurse at the nursing home where my mother use to live, told me that she loves her job. She loves the different people for whom she cares, the nice ones and the not-so-nice ones.

She told me about an old white woman whom she cared for. The woman lived in the south during the segregation and white supremacy in the United States.

The nurse told me that one day the woman called her a nigger.

The nurse said to her "You're absolutely right. I am a nigger. I'm black."

The nurse said that the old woman was shocked that she (the nurse) responded in that way.

From then on, the old woman never called her a nigger.

With a smile on her face, the nurse said to me "Why should I be offended? She grew up in the south when white people called black people niggers."

When I heard this story, the Holy Ghost immediately reminded of the scripture of above.

He said that, in that moment, the nurse became a nigger, a slave, to the old woman.

Because the nurse died to self, she won the old woman.

The Holy Ghost sad to me "There are many in the body of Christ who do not want to be a slave to anyone, so they will win no one. However, this is why they were called. Instead, they become offended."

Matthew 5:39
"But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also."

1 Peter 4:7-9
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."

1 Peter 2:11-25
"21-25 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.

Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have been healed.' For 'you were like sheep going astray,' but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."


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