You Are Responsible for How You React
I am not a fly-by-night God. I am not a sometimes God. I am a forever God. It's My joy to be God. From My joy, I created you. You belong to joy. Let go of all that is not joy for you and keep only joy. That which is not joy for you is not because of a person or situation. You think it is. Whatever the persons or situations may be, they stir something in you that finds something outside of you intolerable. You may even say: "I can't stand this or that. It drives me up the wall."
Without your abeyances, no one, no situation has that kind of power over you. What is the offender to you really? Oh, yes, the person and/or situation has triggered something in you. In you, beloveds.
When I say to let go of all that is not joy and to keep only joy, I am saying to let go of the discomfort. Let go of the trap that says you have to be uncomfortable. There is some tie, albeit a reverse tie, between you and what beckons discomfort to you. Because discomfort knocks on your door doesn't mean you have to open the door. You don't have to bang the door closed either.
You are not a rope held in another's hand. You are not putty in another's hand. You are not a gong that another's hand beats. You are your own determiner.
You are not obliged to like everyone. It is not an obligation. Obligation doesn't seem to work. Yet you can relieve yourself of negativity. You don't have to have it. If you do have it, you don't have to keep it. You have the say over your own heart and mind.
Why does someone or something affect you so adversely? Whatever it may be, it is for you to get beyond. It is you who has to change. Not someone else. You can change your hold on what you see as another's flaws. Someone may indeed have those flaws, yet you don't have to be distraught about others' flaws. You don't have to be ravaged by them. You don't have to give away your soul because you find someone or something less than you want and less than you deserve. In one sense, dear ones, no one has anything to do with your emotions. You were not born to be a puppet in someone else's hands. You were born to be your own person.
Must the one who riles you have so much power over you? Why would you give your God-given power away? Keep your power and let the vise of the other person go. You are the one who has held on and clamped yourself. You are the one so conscious of your objections to how another makes his way in the world.
Nor am I saying you have to make excuses for another. Whatever their offense, it is their offense. It does not belong to you.
If another is manipulative, that is their problem. Don't make it yours. That you don't like it is your problem for you to deal with. Where is it written that you can only be a blessing to those who are easy for you to understand? Who said that you have to get up on your high horse because of the way another walks in the world? Must you let another or a situation mandate how you walk in the world?
Let go of your self-imposed hold onto to weaknesses in others. Turn them over to Me. Give yourself over to Me as well. Let go. Let go.