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Archive for May 20th, 2016

There’s a part of me that sometimes believes that, apart from the Lord, I’m all alone in this world. That no matter the circumstances, it’s always going to be just Jesus and I – facing life’s battles together. And while it is a good thing to know that Jesus is with me always (especially in the mundane chores of my day-to-day), trusting Him also has to mean letting relationships with others shape me in my walk with Him.

God has been working with me on kindness. He is showing me that responding in kindness means that relationships get strengthened and walls of bitterness come down. This morning, I chose not to respond in kindness about something little. I didn’t even appear unkind (at least I don’t think I did) but my motive was unkind. It was a sneaky sort of unkindness that the Holy Spirit hinted not to let out of my mouth, but I ignored Him and let the words spill forth and knock down the first domino in a series of doubts about who I am, who God is, and who His people are. These doubts have shaped today into a day of reaction, instead of a day of life-giving hope, because when we choose not to trust God, our actions are merely reactions to what is happening to us instead of life-giving examples of Him living through us.

Today has been one of those days where I believed the lie that pushing someone else down would lift me up. I also believed that there’s not a person in the world I can really call a friend. I was even resolved to believe that I would need to finish this day out reacting to everything instead of acting in love, so that I could get a new chance tomorrow. I really didn’t know how to change the path I had set out for myself today. And then the doorbell rang, and God showed me through a friend that it’s always the time to decide to trust Him. That kindness is simply a by-product of trusting that He is a good father who loves me and is with me always.

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

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