Pastor Mark Farley
Grace not Grief
Don’t drop to their level…
Sometimes we encounter people, places, or things that are neither pleasant, nor supportive.
Now maybe it’s different for you, but my initial gut reaction (get it?.. REACT-ion) is to give it right back to them the same as they are giving me!
Match attitude with attitude and that will show them!
Luckily for me, time and bad experiences have taught me that this way does not work and only brings about more misery.
Growing up spiritually and emotionally has allowed me to quiet that initial reaction and instead RESPOND in the way that I wish to be treated.
That is, no matter what the situation is, I give it grace, tolerance, and open my heart to try to understand instead of “putting them in their place”…
What level are you operating on when you encounter conflict or unpleasantness?...
Check your experience…
“We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.” Big Book pg 88
Lord, let us match unpleasantness with grace, rudeness with tolerance, and anger with a heart that looks to understand, AMEN.
“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.” Romans 12: 17-19
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