After writing yesterday about loving more I had numerous opportunities to do that. One call was with an unpleasant young lady in a large company where I needed to understand their way of doing things. Wanted to allow our grandson to use our account in another city and she didn’t seem to want to help. Then after a couple of more calls, a light came on in my thinking to practice what I was preaching! I was soon reminded of a scripture and a poem. These helped to gently respond rather than react angrily.
On Gentle Word
Oh, let it never bear a sting–the thought you think. Make it a bird! Oh, feather it with love, and wing it carefully on gentle word. Then it will rise and sweetly sing, and bless wherever it is heard. by Althea Brooks Hollenbeck
Colossians 2:6-7 states “So then, just as you received in Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Recently I was in a nearby town at a jewelry shop where I was having some custom earrings made. The jeweler said I would have to prepay them and they would be ready in a week. I wasn’t thrilled about paying for them initially. The week past and I called him since I had heard nothing. He seemed in overwhelm and said they were extremely busy and behind schedule. His frustration was apparent and I reacted rather than responded. We had some words and I hung up slightly irritated. I began thinking about the blogs I had been posting and realized I should reread them, which I did and prayed to see the truth about this young man.
Last night, which was Sunday night, he called to tell me he was sending my earrings and he had made a pendant to go with them that he was enclosing. Then he apologized profusely and I gratefully accepted and told him I should have been kinder myself.
Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Rather than gripe or complain over a situation, accept it immediately! God alone can see the whole picture. Keep your focus on God and allow the impact of this world not affect you. He tells us to rejoice in all things. 1Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
The telephone just rang and the service man was on his way out to check our air conditioner unit but has to run to a near by city to get filters for it. We were first on his list so we got up earlier than usual. My first instinct was to complain when I reread the previous paragraph! I think it means for me to practice what I write. Thank you, Father!
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” is the verse Psalm 46:10 which I begin my prayer work with in the mornings. Some time ago, I was told to replace the words, “Be still” with “relax” and it felt a little odd. Maybe, it is because so often, humans don’t know how to relax. It certainly means the same thing and can replace the old “count to ten before replying” with a verse that soon begins to resonate with you. That is my verse to practice throughout today.
Forgiveness is so important that it is mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer…”Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” It is necessary for both health and harmony. In Galations 5:22 it states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Only when our hearts are softened can any of the afore-mentioned be experienced.
Today, I will practice forgiveness.