I have the opportunity to sit on a local community board, and with that comes all kinds of emotions, because with it comes all kinds of different personalities. I want to reflect God's love, but I must admit, at times it is very difficult, when instead, I want to spit and rail against ignorance. Yet, at still another meeting last evening, I felt the Lord tugging at my heart. Have I already formed opinions of what kind of people some of the others are? Have I reflected Christ in my attitude. The Words in Ephesians strike me like a reed across my back, as I realize that I may be doing the cause of Christ more harm than good, if I don't stand fast in love and faith even in the face of trials of dealing with different personalities. After all, most are just as passionate about their views as I am about mine. Who is right, and who is wrong, but both need to be discussed so that mutual understanding can be accomplished. Scripture says, "Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger." "No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ." Ephesians 4:25-26, 29-32 Do you have a problem with anger, or shouting or malice, especially when you feel you are wronged? It's not how we feel when we are subjected to these types of actions and speech ourselves, but how we respond when faced with them. The only way we are going to spread the light of the truth, is to be the light of the truth, not just on Sunday, but every day of the week, and in ALL places, for the Lord has taken us to such a time, and such a place as this.
Heavenly Father, I pray Lord, for grace, and patience. I pray for Your thoughts to be the only ones that ever flow from these lips, and may my heart be always like Your heart. Even so, Lord, please change me to be more like You, and change those who have the same desire. I pray also for these who ask for prayer, for they need us lifting up prayers to You on their behalf, so in obedience I lift them up to You: I pray for Rheba, Danni, Ada, Terri, Linda B., Caitlyn, Loren, James, Montella, Carolyn, Cynthia, Barbara, Jackie Ann, Loren, Speros. I pray for Mike S., and Mike P, for healing and strength. I pray for Peggy as she makes decisions about where to live. I pray for our children, that they would not lose their focus on following Christ. I pray for our missionaries, for our military, and those in service on our own lands. I pray for Your light to be the light by which we live, breath, and act. Lord, we need You for healing, for strength to continue each day, and for the patience needed for those who harden their hearts against You. Please soften them, for I ask it in Jesus name.