As we mature in Christ and yield to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we learn not to pick up offense. We praise God for dealing with us with so much grace and mercy. He expects us to extend this same grace and mercy to others. We also learn how to handle those we may have offended, even when they may not share their feelings with us.
We may discern others have taken offense, but they are not open to confront the issues to find resolution. At other times, we may meet with people to come in one accord and we achieve reconciliation in unexpected ways. Everyone is unique, so every situation needs to be handled differently..
Every person needs to be cared for with sensitivity and specifically. We first trust the Lord with His ways and His timing in bringing forth understanding and restoring peace. Because we love others with the love of God, we hurt when they hurt. We would like to remove the bars for them, but we feel helpless. We can trust the Lord to heal all of us, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
The picture of our Lord Jesus Christ holding our world together is such a blessing. When it’s difficult for us to keep it together, we can trust Jesus is keeping us together. He upholds all things by the power of His Word. Not only can we stand in the power of the Word, but the Word is His power holding our world together.
Upholding is to bear and to carry. Jesus holds us up and keeps us in Him. We are in His hands, and no one can snatch us out of His hands. When circumstances cause things to fall apart in our lives, we reach to Him to put it back together. When the battle in our mind intensifies, we receive His peace. Divisions try to separate us from Him, but to no avail!
Jesus radiates the glory of the Father and expresses His image. As we are being transformed into His image, we also radiate His glory and represent Him in every place. When things happen that should break us, they make us stronger and stronger. When we are too weak to hold on to Him, we can trust He is holding on to us, and rest in Him, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 1:3 “… who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
God Almighty loves and understands our past, present, and future ways. Whatever it was in our yesterday that caused our behavior of today, is clear to Him. As He transforms us, He heals the areas that bring wrong behaviors, and He protects our traits that make us so unique. With full knowledge of who we are, the Lord rejoices over us. He comprehends the who, the why, the when, and the how of all we are.
Many times, when we are misunderstood by others, we feel rejected, but the moment we rest assured that God gets it, we feel accepted and loved. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us new desires and increases the ones He had already placed in our hearts. These desires cause us to yield to the Spirit of God for transformation and growth.
As we grow spiritually and the natural realm is no longer our focus, people around us don’t understand; they don’t get it. What happened? The Lord got us. He gets it because He got us. Everything that pertains to us… He got it! Hallelujah! Now we get it, from glory to glory!
Psalms 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world; We glorify the Lord when we represent His love and grace. An illustration often used to identify interaction with others is depicted as three utensils: a fork, a knife, and a spoon.
A knife cuts people off, is destructive, sharp, and has no mercy. There is no forgiveness, understanding, or grace. Often because of having been abandoned by a caregiver, a person hides behind a thick wall, cannot commit, and lives in constant fear. A fork picks at others constantly and is critical negatively. None of the wonderful traits in others are ever mentioned. There is love and care, but it’s inconsistent and not dependable. One day it’s one way, the next it’s another. The relationship is highly unpredictable.
As Christ’s ambassadors, we are to be like spoons. A spoon gently scoops up others with love and kindness and holds them in high esteem. We love one another through our actions, not just words. The way we speak to one another and walk in love and truth is proof to others that we walk in the Spirit. As we are being transformed into the image of Jesus, the Holy Spirit enables us to be spoons, from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
Sometimes we may feel as though the rug is being pulled out from under our feet. This causes us to question where we stand. In those times, we wonder if we will slip and fall. Sorrow fills our heart; a sense of heaviness envelops our being, and we pray fervently for God to come to our rescue. Time after time, God enlarges our path so we do not slip.
This enlargement defies the tight place we may think we are in and makes way for God’s delivering power. He makes a way out of all troubling circumstances. We may almost slip, almost give up, almost breakdown, yet God comes through with His amazing grace. The foundation on which we stand is strengthened and enlarged by the Christ we believe in—our sure foundation.
When we almost fall, Christ sustains us to the utmost. He upholds all with His right hand and He never permits the righteous to be moved. He delivers us out of all our afflictions. We pray believing He sustains us and gives us safety to stand every place we step, from glory to glory!
Psalm 18:35-36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.”
After helping her friend many times financially, there came a time when Brenda couldn’t. When that happened her friend became angry and said, why don’t you ever help me? These crushing words pierced her heart. How could one “no” remove all the “yeses” of the past? She forgave her friend remembering her loving and giving is to be unconditional, like God’s.
People might forget what we have done for them, take it for granted, or even return our gestures of love with contempt. What we do, we do as unto the Lord regardless of the reactions of people. We take our hurt to the Lord and receive His comfort and healing. Most importantly, we watch our own heart and appreciate who others are in our lives and what they do for us.
Above all, we never forget all the Lord has done for us! Remembering how the Lord has brought us out of difficult situations strengthens us to trust Him to do so, again and again. While we know some of what the Lord has done, much we don’t know until after the fact, if at all. Recalling the goodness and faithfulness of God helps us to praise Him, from glory to glory!
Psalms 61:3 “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.”