By Julie Hamilton
Have you ever been so mad at someone that you wanted to yell and scream?! Well, this happened to me the other day and I was totally in the flesh. I thought of ways to get back at them and how I was justifiably angry!! The more I thought about it the angrier I became! Then God intervened. He asked me why I was angry. It was all based on selfishness. I wanted things done my way in my timing and I was frustrated. I was not thinking on Philippians 4:8 which admonishes us:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise let your mind dwell on these things.”
After saying what was in my mind, that I regretted later, I realized it wasn’t just my selfishness but that I was not trusting God. If I truly trusted God I wouldn’t have gotten mad in the first place because I would have prayed, told God my frustration, and realized that He had a plan for what I was going through. I needed to turn the control over to God, and let Him take care of it!
Ephesians 4:32 admonishes us:
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
As I feel wronged at times I need to follow this verse. First, to be kind, then tender hearted, then to forgive and use Jesus as my example. In this Easter month it is even more pointed to remember that He not only forgives us, but paid the ultimate price for our sins with His death! A horrible death on the cross!! Because of this, we are eternally forgiven!
So, in this month, as things happen within your home, remember to meditate on Philippians 4:8 and Ephesians 4:32. It is not about our rights but about glorifying God in our lives.
Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.