Tired in it all
Pull up a comfy spot, y’all. Let’s chat.
I’m tired. Bone-tired. Through-and-through tired.
I’m tired of all the hate I see on my TV and in every news report I see. I’m tired of the vicious yelling against differing ideas. I’m tired of the vitriol on social media. I’m especially tired of it seeming that instead of believers overcoming evil with good, we are joining the evil.
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
We are supposed to be DIFFERENT, y’all! If we’re believers, we’re supposed to live, talk, and act in a way that alerts others to our status as one of the redeemed.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
Somehow, though, many believers seem to have forgotten to be different and have opted instead for the satisfaction of meme one-upmanship as though in a boxing match where the only way to win is to get the best jab in.
I could understand this phenomenon if those sharing these thoughts were newly saved, baby Christians, but they’re not! I have watched as pastors and church leaders have dived headlong into the murky depths of jabs left and right.
If you define yourself as a Christian,
Stop grieving the One who died for you – and for that one you’re trying to wound.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Stop your knee-jerk responses to people’s opinions and thoughts.
Unless your name is Holy Spirit, it is not your job to convict them of their wrongness.
And when he comes, he [Holy Spirit] will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
Start helping a straying brother or sister find their way back to God.
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
Let’s do something different today. Make your response to everything one that will point someone to Jesus.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Choose to prove that you belong to Jesus.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
… and I will, too.
Women's speaker, wife, mom & grandmother who loves to teach God's Word, drink coffee, cheer on her favorite football teams and capture nature and architecture with her camera. Faye is the author of Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.