Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. Colossians 3:16(The Message)
Have you ever had the experience where someone is dancing on your last nerve? What did you do about it? Someone got to me this week and I have struggled to know how to respond. In my flesh woman state, I would barge in and let her know what I thought of the situation, probably not with the most loving and gracious tone to my voice. Another option would be to ignore her and hope that she decides to move out of my life. Neither of these are the kind of responses that Christ would expect of me. He wants me to keep the peace and show love to her. Earlier in the third chapter of Colossians He writes, So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Oops! I am thankful that when I pray for wisdom in a difficult situation, God is faithful to give me practical advice. Only with a loving attitude will I be able to listen to her heart to find out what is really going on and get beyond my irritation. I better get that love garment out and give it a good shake!