Push Rewind Please
Take the high road
So many holidays have been ripped apart by petty disagreements or differences. Some friends or family members do not want to make an effort because they get weary of always taking the high road. As Christians, we should not be apprehensive to take the high road. It will put us on our knees in prayer, and closer to the Lord. Our desire should be to mend relationships, and not wound them. We are not perfect, and cannot expect others to be either. Romans 5:8- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The relationship should mean more than any issues
Big deal we didn’t get the greeting we wanted at a family gathering, and maybe didn’t get the gift that we wanted. Possibly, a rude comment was made by someone about the food that was brought in to a carry in dinner. There may be times we feel that others are uninterested, and always talk about themselves too much. We all have been guilty of not taking time to invest in others. What is more important, the issue or the relationship?
There will be tests
One of the tests that we all face is loving the unlovable. John 13:34&35- A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this, shall men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. KJV
Go back and hit rewind
We cannot erase what we have done or others have done to us. However, we can tape over it, and make a brand new recording. In the recording studio, back in the day, I would make a mistake and the track manager would have me to take a deep breath. He would encourage me and not scold me. We would just start over fresh. Don’t let yourself become bitter, angry, or distant because of unforgiveness over petty issues. Be loving, forgiving, tenderhearted, and a peacemaker. Hit rewind today, because tomorrow may be too late to make amends. Time spent loving as Christ loved us, is time well spent.
Be wise and be merciful
James 3:15-18- But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (v.18). The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.