If you don’t believe God has a sense of humor, we need to talk.
Just recently I had the opportunity to see his humor on display as I interacted with someone who just absolutely drove me nuts. This person had absolutely no social intelligence and was actually making me question my calling. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, I didn’t want to leave the ministry, but they were just flat-out annoying.
I know I’m not alone. We all interact with people who rub us the wrong way, frustrate us, and make us want to throw our hands up in the air and say, “Forget it!” It could be: family, co-workers, clients, neighbors, fellow church members, friends….whoever. We all live on this spinning ball and we’re bound to collide.
With all this in mind, let’s take a moment and revisit this passage from Paul:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)
While the culture we live in says to cut out rude, annoying, frustrating people from our lives; followers of Jesus are called to live differently. We’re called to live a counter cultural movement “bearing with one another in love.”
How? Through: Humility (have the heart of a servant for them), gentleness (be tender), with patience (endure long with them) and do it all “in love” (Not because you have to).
I don’t know about you, but that feels like a tall order!
But, there’s great news! Because of your faith in Jesus, you’re not chained to react like you use to. You can put on the mind of Christ by His power and react like He would!
Your prayer focus today (should you choose to accept it), is to share with The Lord about the person or persons that have frustrated you and lay those situations before God. Ask God to cultivate Jesus’ character in you: his humility, gentleness, and patience in your life. Bonus: go even further, ask God to give you another opportunity to interact with that person in love.
Praying with you and for you.