As a child did you ever mimic someone in what they were doing to be silly? Or decided to do something in return to because they hurt you? There are so many times that I think to myself, “It can be difficult to be a Christian”. Then being who am I ask, “Why, do you say that, Sandy?”.
Well we are not called to act and behave like the world does. Yet this can be hard to do when someone is being malicious towards you or towards one of your loved ones. Your instant response is to want to rough them up with your words or possibly with your bare hands! It’s in our nature that we want to do to others what they have done to us.
I was convicted this morning and heard the Lord say, “Your acting just like the world handles these situations”. I thought, “What are you talking about Willis?”. Yes, I do talk to my daddy like that at times! He happened to shine the light in a situation where I witnessed someone bullying someone with their words. Making them feel inadequate and questioning their abilities.
So, you’re probably asking how are you acting like the world? For starters, I lose my cool when I am seeing this behavior take place and I allow bitterness to sit in. I allow this situation to steal my joy and instead of praying for them I slander them with my mouth. Well there you have it, acting how the world handles their affairs.
If I am called to be different from the world then why am I mimicking their behaviors and the way the handle things? As a Christian I am called to be different and be a witness for the Lord. I am called to live in the light, so I shouldn’t allow darkness to influence me. In these different situations I’m to ask the Lord to help me pray for that individual and for those that are being affected by it. I need to learn how to avoid these types of spiritual pitfalls.
I have to learn to leave it at the feet of Jesus and respond the way he would. It’s actually having to die to what I would l really like to do. I want to tackle that individual and do what they are doing to others or call it out in their life, but my approach would not be godly in any way, how I am being a witness if I play this out. I’m mimicking how the world would handle it. I was reading something that said, “The best offense is a good defense”.
Beloved, what are you mimic from the world today? Are you carrying bitterness or unforgiveness in your heart? Has someone done something to you that your carrying resentment towards that person?
Will you join together with me and leave whatever your situation is at the feet of Jesus. Let’s not allow the enemy to have a foothold in our life-like I have with mine. I’m choosing to release this situation and allow him to transform my thinking and my heart towards that. Now this is mimicking God’s behavior!
Romans 12:2 “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”.
Carrier’s of Hope,
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