I remember a time in my life when I took everything personally, and I mean everything.
Someone would say something and I would feel hurt or start thinking I was a failure.
These reactions and emotions came from a very deep place that God has had to touch and heal in ways that only He can.
Some people live this way daily. Someone says something and they are offended. Someone will do something they don’t like and they are angry.
Our parents won’t give you something you want or they want you to wait for it or earn the money yourself to pay for it. You get angry and start showing that in your actions by being disrespectful or rebellious. Is that really loving your parents?
Your friend didn’t live up to your expectations somehow. You get angry, start pulling away from the relationship and start gossiping about what a horrible friend they are. Is this really loving your friend?
Your sibling did something you didn’t like so you get angry and start yelling at them. You go and tell your friends what a jerk they are. Is this really loving your sibling?
Instead of being disrespectful or rebellious to your parents, you can ask them to sit down and talk about how you are feeling about the situation. They may change their mind as they see you handling things in such a mature way. They may not because they have good reasons why they made the decision they did. Either way you have handled this in a loving way and they will remember that.
When you have been let down by a friend, you could ask them to sit and talk. Share your feelings with them. Many times they won’t even know they have hurt you in any way. You will have a better relationship with them and you will be free of the bitterness and resentment that has been built up inside you.
Our sibling relationships will always be growing. Talk to your sibling instead of yelling at them. Love them enough to be honest with them and work things out. Talk to them and not about them. They are still learning and growing up just like you.
When we are easily angered and offended, we give satan a way into our relationships and allow to steal from us the good things God has given us in these relationships. Let’s walk in love today by being slow to anger and not easily offended.
Proverbs 19:11 “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” (NIV)
Lord, I pray that You would examine our hearts today. Show us any deep wounds in us that need to be healed. Forgive us when we have been and continue to help us to love like Jesus in every way so this world will know who You are and Your great love for us! In Jesus Name! Amen!