Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Do you ever have days where you just feel ugly? I don't mean physically, I mean emotionally? I am having one of those days already, and it's only 7:47am, I've not even been up quite 3 hours yet!
I have noticed that I am feeling particularly argumentative this morning. Everything I see somebody post on Facebook is making me want to start a debate. I'm not normally like that, or even if the thought crosses my mind, I leave it at that - just a thought. I am having a really hard time this morning not lashing out at people.
I guess if I'm to be honest and introspective about it, it all boils down to pride. If I feel the need to immediately and constantly criticize or correct others, it must be because I think I know better than them. Probably the biggest sin I struggle with is judging others. John 3:17 is very clear about how Jesus didn't come to condemn, but to love. I need to do the same. Just because I don't agree with someone doesn't mean I'm better than them, or I'm right and they're wrong. God is the only one who sits in the judgment seat, and I'm NOT Him and I do NOT belong on His throne!
My 2 biggest passions in life are health & Jesus.... I am passionate about the physical and spiritual wellbeing of myself and all those whom I love. But I need to learn to communicate this to others better. I think I probably turn most people off when what I want to do is help. I get irritated or aggravated when I think that others are not understanding the Bible or the importance of nutrition correctly. First of all, who's to say that I'm correct? And secondly, even if that were the case, I should not be feeling angry or annoyed, I should be feeling love and compassion. Jesus doesn't get annoyed by us, although He certainly has every right to do so! He extends mercy and grace, and I need to do the same.
It is obvious to me that I need to get off my computer and draw close to God in the Word and in prayer. Does anyone out there have any advice on how you respond when you disagree with the way other believers interpret the Word of God? Or when other people don't interpret "healthy" in the way you understand it? Sometimes I think I need to just bite my tongue, the whole 'live-and-let-live' philosophy of tolerance. But the Bible is also clear that as fellow believers, we need to hold one another accountable and correct one another in a loving way. I haven't figured out when to do that, and how to do that, I guess. I think others just perceive me as attacking or criticizing.
Well, thanks for "listening". It's good to get things off your chest now & then. I pray that you all have a day full of the Lord's great unmerited grace!