There are so many things the petty me feel like doing sometimes…ie, ignore that girl that knows me but doesn’t extend pleasantries, withhold compliments cuz she doesn’t say anything too, let the malice grow cuz he didn’t say sorry, lash out with foul words when I am angry…
But no! None of those will take root in us in 2014!
That will never make the wrongs right.
That will set us on the same pedestal with those we are trying to change.
That will dim the light we want to shine forth from within us.
So no, we won’t do like they do…
We’ll extend our hands of friendship…
We’ll sing their praises when needed…
We’ll encourage them when they are down…
We’ll resolve that dispute in a diplomatic way…
We’ll say sorry when need be…
We’ll pray with and for them when need be…
We’ll shine forth the light in us and inadvertently let their own lights shine.
We’ll work towards perfection in Christ…
And today, I truly feel the need to remind myself of the above again. It is not really as easy as it seems, what with the snide remarks we get from people each day and the angry words lodged in our hearts that we just want to spew out.
Sometimes, we really want to give that person a piece of our mind (or sharp mouth), let them know that they are not the only ones capable of dishing out insults…. and when it comes right down to it, its really hard to not do like they do.
But even if we may want to, we truly can’t/shouldn’t.
2Timothy 2;24 – “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.”
So we simply CANNOT do like they do.
Now, I can hear even myself snickering and saying its easier said than done but it gets better…
Gentleness and meekness is a fruit of the Spirit!
Galatians 5:22-2-“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
We already have the Spirit in us and that makes it easier!
Simply activate the fruit of meekness in you.
You feel like snapping back and bitching like they do? Take a minute to ask God for help, ask the Spirit to bring on a bucket full, a trailer full, as much as you need fruit of meekness in you.
It won’t be easy especially as we want to teach them that we have a sharp mouth too, but that won’t do.
That will dampen the light of God in us.
We are meant to be lights, in words, in conduct, in our relationship with people.
We will try to live in peace with all men even if all we feel like doing is live in pieces with them.
We will spread forth the light and let them know that Christ has changed us from the inside out.
We will shine so bright, they too will ask us how we manage to always be calm even when they push us to the wall: yes, Christ’s meekness in us can cause even the ones that annoy us to wonder.
We will do all these not because its easy, but because in our weakness, God’s strength will be shown forth.
In our razzness, His gentleness and meekness will shine forth.
We can do ALL things through Christ…including being gentle and meek in tough situations.
So do I get an amen from all who are willing to let the fruit of meekness and gentleness work in them?
PS:I am typing this in class, struggled with the meekness ish this morning, I just had to fish out the write up I wrote in January and re-read my post on blasting in tongues of insults (click on this link to see if you haven’thttp://wp.me/p3W2rB-6Q
) and write this too, all in a bid to remind myself that I will let Christ’s light shine through my speech, conduct and relationship with people this year.
Yes, its serious matter.
We won’t do like they do this year.
We will shine in all ramifications.
Yes we will.
Onto a restful and fun filled weekend for us all I pray.