Friday, May 27, 2011

The Chapter

So, I woke up feeling irritable. I slept well, so I don't think that was my issue. God and I had some conversation about it, and it seems to always come back to safety for me. Do I feel safe? Does my world feel secure? Can I surrender that need to Jesus? He challenges me in this area a lot, and continually reminds me that IN His love I am safe. It's about relationship with Him, and through Him there is peace.
As God and I were discussing my issues this morning, and my irritation was only increasing, He referred me to Colossians 3, naturally, it talks about irritation!
In the Message these words stood out clearly: "But you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meaness, profanity, dirty talk."
What? I can't have moments? It says gone for good. Huh, that's interesting, and clear. Jesus was quick to remind me again of His tender love for me and that He is here all the time. My spirit is His Spirit, I need to rejoice in that.
"So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic all purpose garment. Never be without it."
Okay, okay, I get it! Just in case it rains all day, Jesus, Say That Again!

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