This Message Brought to You by the Letter H… for “Humility.”

Sometimes you are right. Sometimes you’re wrong. Sometimes you’re somewhere in the middle. What matters is how you handle the situation, and I fail at that occasionally. I’m so big on showing grace and mercy, and there are times when I fail at that, too.

My fault lies in being far too quick to want to discuss things, without first having my own heart settled. I immediately want to make contact and unload. That’s been something I’ve been working on for years (as long as I can remember, really), and it’s a process. It’s important to be assertive, but not accusatory. I was called “diplomatic” this past week. I strive for that, but what I really want is to be someone who speaks out of love and is able to make people feel that, regardless of the situation. What I’ve learned, about myself, is that familiarity can really lessen my ability to put on my “diplomatic” filter. The more I care about someone, the quicker I am to let them see that side of me. That’s not right. I need to be better.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • When everything in your being screams that you’re right, evaluate your priorities anyway. You might find that an apology is worth issuing.
  • Sometimes being convicted by the Spirit can make you feel like a flea-covered cat in a bathtub. You want to immediately jump out and run, but it’s probably somewhere you need to be in order to come out clean, healthy and given a new start.
  • And the **big** one:
    There is an extreme lack of communication, and a division happening among Christians. If you don’t believe it, take a step back and look at what we’re giving priority in our lives. Flags, gender, sexual orientation, yard signs, Hulk Hogan’s thoughts on race, etc. NONE of those things have to do with spreading the love of Jesus. Not a single one of them. It’s causing people to lose sight of their common ground and fostering dissonance among those who should be working together to spread The Message.  If you don’t think this confusion and anger is rooted in spiritual warfare then you are missing a very big part of the picture.

I was hit in abundance this morning with news about family health issues, LE issues, financial issues and so much more before I even got out of bed. It caused me to not use my best judgment and I fell victim to that third point. DON’T let those wounds stay open. You can’t fix them, but you can man up and acknowledge your conviction. Or, you can run from it.

Do your “time” and learn through self-reflection, or understand the idea of a spiritual warrant. The truth is, it’ll find you regardless.

Pray for me to be better about this. I need to perfect that skill to be the best Christian, wife, mom, leader, business owner and friend that I can possibly be. Also, pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who might not understand my third point, worldwide.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.- Proverbs 31:26

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.-Galatians 6:10

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus -Philippians 2:1-30

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. -1 Peter 3:8-9

And having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. -1 Timothy 5:10

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. -Galatians 6:1

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. -James 3:8 (isn’t it wonderful that we aren’t expected to tame it, but that it’s in God’s hands?)

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