We are so caught up with our problems and what-we-have-nots that we sometimes overlook the basics. I read something the other day that really shook me: “What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and all you have left is what you thanked God for yesterday?
Just imagine that… When last did you reflect back on your life? Do you thank God for it, or are you a bitter, unhappy person that has been wronged? We have a friend that believes he was born to suffer. He often says that Murphy’s Law applies to him. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. I know that maybe his emotions are justified in his mind and that it has been proven over the years. However, what happens to his spirit?
In God’s word, it says in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – NIV” What fruits are relevant in your life? What fruits of the Spirit are you making available for other people? What is the fruits of the Spirit you may ask?
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, to Galatians 5v 22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Do you have patience with your fellow commuters, or are you an aggressive driver shouting to the slowcoach in front of you? Do you portray joy in your demeanour, or are you walking around with a long face because you have been wronged and have not? When last have you been kind to someone that does not deserve it? Are you faithful, and honour your word? Are you gentle with the elderly, realizing that once they have been where you are now, and that you will also become old. Do you treat them and other people with gentleness, even if you feel they do not deserve it?
We are so quick to judge others, but unless we have walked in their shoes, we will never know why they are reacting the way they do. Where yourself are concerned, do you find it necessary to always wanting to defend and justify yourself? A person that knows Christ and have a relationship with Him, should have peace that surpasses the human mind. We all hurt, we all have to be responsible for our choices. Who you are, is what you decide. Who you become is your gift to God, we all have a choice. You choose to bless instead of a curse. You choose to love instead of hate. You choose to be gentle, have patience, goodness and kindness. No one else can do it for you. Is it not time for us to stop looking to the past and our hurts and embrace God’s goodness and grace. If you know His heart for us, how can we not have the same heart towards others?
We can argue and debate that we are not the guilty ones, but in the final analysis, the only thing we have control over in life is our attitude. I have learned the hard way, the sooner you let go of the unholy trinity of me, myself and I, the sooner you will get to know God’s awesome love for us. Then only will you change. You will look differently at others and treat them the way God will. Let us start to accept imperfections and look at ourselves and others through God’s lenses.