April 12th, 2019
Bitter or Better
Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJB) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Some people are determined to rise above any situation. Not only that but to treat others as they desire to be treated. In this “dog eat dog world” it is not commonplace to find people whose life shines brightly with respect and compassion for others regardless of their circumstances.
Many individuals can be sour, choose to pout, and be bitter about having to put up with troublesome and testing circumstances in their life. They are not happy and live as wounded victims. Their desire is for nobody else to be happy and for them to be as miserable as they are.
It is true, a person must make choices every day about how they react to their immediate circumstances. A person can either choose to be blessed and better. Or be unforgiving, grudgeful, and bitter. Each of us makes a choice about how we view and act in every situation of life and our decisions do affect others around us.
These scripture verses express no “wiggle room” in how God expects His spiritual family to act and speak and to live regardless of the conditions or the immediate circumstances at work about them. You see, God leaves no room for excuses or for offering explanations in an allowance for bad behavior.
It is true, God desires that each of us face our circumstances with the characteristics, mercy, and grace He has so grandly given us as we live inside His power and presence. With Him, we can face any situation with a sincere smile, a song playing in our heart, as we savor and serve Him.
How can a person treat others with unconditional respect, forgiveness, consideration, and love and harboring no ill in wishing them the best? By choosing to remember and reflect on God’s holy character and mercy graciously afforded him or her even when they were spiritually lost, adrift, and highly undesirable.