Cultivate the fruit of the spirit in your life today.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13a)
In my house growing up, “getting it right” was important. We were encouraged to stand up, help, act, even if you were afraid, tired, hungry, or cold. Growing up I developed a strong super ego, as Freud would say. When I was with friends or family, I continue to fight that super ego to show compassion instead of judgment in difficult life situations.
Recently I was talking with my sister and our emotions starting getting the best of us. I wasn’t sure what the “right” response was, and I said a quick silent prayer for God’s intervention. God gave me a gentle answer to share, which took her off the attack and me off the defense. With those soft words, we were able to come to an agreement.
I did it the “God way”, not the “right way” according to our family’s inherent code of ethics. This outcome brought peace to her and to me instead of the tension and anger that often prevails in a fight. I came out of that potentially World War III battle unscathed, thanking God for his wisdom and direction. His guidance lead me to a new behavior that I would never have found on my own.
I thank God for the times I’m wise enough to open myself to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The Spirit has made my family something it could never be left on its own. I’ve learned to be supportive and helpful and forgiving in ways I’d have never imagined possible, just by listening to that still small voice in the midst of tension and frustration.
Father, When emotions run high remind me that You are the God of Peace. Help me to be quick to come to You and swift to give Your peace to others. Amen
Questions: How are you doing? Are you doing things your way or God’s way?