- Have you been really annoyed?
- Why were you annoyed?
- Did being annoyed solve the situation?
We all struggle with learning not to retaliate against those who offend us. When offence occurs, there is this feeling that wants to retaliate either in words or other forms which are not advisable. God sometimes goes extra lengths to prevent this from happening, as we can see in Ezekiel 3 v 24 – 26:
Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said; “Go, shut yourself inside your house. And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house. But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says,” Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.”
When you feel like retaliating, get on your knees and pray for God’s grace not to respond in the flesh.
Points to Ponder:
- We are advised to be quick to listen and slow to speak
- Pondering over an issue gives us time to calm down
- Bringing the power of the Holy Spirit into a situation brings the order and structure that we need
©Insight for the Day 2018