Rude customer service, “bad” drivers, passive-aggressive friends or loved ones, arrogant co-workers. How well do you deal with them? Are you one of them?
Some people are blessed with a temperment that allows them to let life’s frustrations roll off of their backs. Other’s might struggle in the moment or even let those frustrations ruin their day.
These moments of frustrion are inevitable. Imagine a day has come where you find yourself in one of them now. You now have a chance to honor God through it. A challenge has been placed before you to live The Word when you’d rather live out of your emotions.
This test is asking you: How much do you really love God? Only when things are good? Only when things are not so good? As Christians, we say that we would die for Christ. But what about doing something as simple as controlling our tongues, actions, pride, and emotions in order to please Him? Try LIVING for Christ.
What would make God smile at this moment even though you’re not smiling right now? God’s joy should bring us joy! You get to show yourself, your offender and God that you can practice His word even when it’s difficult. A test you have an opportunity to pass and grow from. If you miss this chance, sure you’ll have another, but how many times do we wish we would have learned and grown from that LAST chance we were given? Let’s be different, better, renewed from our former selves- even if only from yesterday. If we react as we always have, we’re only hearers of the Word, not doers.
The Bible says “…live by the fruit of the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16-17
Most of the acts of the sinful nature listed in Galatians 5:19-21 each have one thing in common: Disagreement. “…hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy…”
When the acts of the sinful nature challenge you, pass the test with these solutions: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galations 5:22
Whether it’s someone you love, dislike, know well or just met, God wants our love to pour out on His children through us. Our desire must be to please the Lord when someone displeases us. Forget what someone does or doesn’t deserve. Let go of pride, turn the other cheek, humble yourself, be slow to anger and forgive.
What would make God smile at this moment even though you’re not smiling right now?