THORN or OINTMENT

 

                            

It seemed like I picked up bobby pins, hair bands and head bands all day! I mean the things were multiplying.. Pick up 2 and 4 more would show up. It was really kind of comical. Anybody that has girls knows what I am talking about.

Some days are like that. Settle one problem and 2 more things pop up that you have to deal with.

It may be like those hair things at my house..multiplying..

It’s how you react to those things that can be a nuisance that matters. No matter how aggravating or unfair something or someone can be, we have a choice in our response. As an authentic Christian, one that truly wants to glorify God, your response should be one that is pleasing to God.

Proverbs 14:29 ~ A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 16:1 ~ To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.

Proverbs 16:23 ~ A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.

Do you think before you speak or act? (this includes texting and twitter and Facebook) If you are a follower of Christ, it sure is important to do so. Words can’t be taken back..the feelings caused by the words you use remain.

I am not saying that you can’t apologize. You can.. and you should. It definitely takes a strong person to admit when they are wrong. I am just saying that it can be harder to fix something that careless words or actions have damaged.

Here is another question: Do you pray and think before you react? Or do you just REACT?

Life here on this earth guarantees that we will have nuisances, annoying and difficult people to deal with, trials, and suffering. Period. There are even those who may project their misery onto you, instead of facing the true source of their unhappiness.

Think about this, If life here on earth were all candy and sunshine then we wouldn’t even care about Heaven. Would we??

So, even though we have to deal with junk..we can rejoice in the fact that Heaven is our home. This earth is temporary.. Heaven is forever and ever.

Romans 12:12 (NIV) ~ Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

I read in a devotion that God’s grace is at work even in our afflictions. He is with us always..We don’t deserve the goodness of God. It’s because He is so merciful that He loves us anyways. He puts up with us.. Even though we can be annoying! He doesn’t see us as a nuisance.

The only way that you are guaranteed a seat in Heaven..is by surrendering your life to Jesus. By believing that God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for your sins. To believe that He was crucified, died, was buried and that He arose on the 3rd day! To believe that He is the way, the Truth and the Life. John 3:16,17 says it all.

Salvation is a gift.. It can’t be earned or returned. Praise God for that! If I had to earn it then I would never get it and it wouldn’t be a gift. If you have accepted Christ, then you know that you would NEVER want to return the gift of Salvation anyways! 🙂

Back to the beginning, some days will feel overwhelming. People, problems, finances, health, may all be a thorn in our side.( May be one or all of the above.)

Bottom line is the fact that we all have a choice. We can be the thorn or we can be the ointment that you put on the wound caused by the thorn. It all boils down to your choice. Everybody is responsible for his/her own actions and reactions. Sometimes it is best to not react outwardly..it is always best to “react” in prayer.

Remembering that only God can fix it.

What are you going to choose? Thorn or Ointment? Your choice…

Blessings my friends!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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