‘Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]’ Galatians 5:23 (AMP Bible)
Why do we have the law? Why do we have the police patrolling the street? Why do we have curfew? Why do we have justice? All these are simply because we have crimes, often worst crimes.
Jesus Christ taught us against disobeying our authorities. That because we are Christians do not mean we are free from respecting our societal laws. We are not above the law so long we live here on earth.
As Christians we have the obligation to live in humility and self-control. We must not forget the commandments of God that instruct us to show the image of Christ in us. And what is the image of Christ? It is LOVE.
Where there is love, there is humility. There won’t be anything like pride or envy or jealous or barbaric attitudes.
Humility is required if as Christians we must maintain our salvation. We needn’t show off our wealth as if it so precious to us than the gospel of Christ within us. We must embrace humility in all we do, in our lives, in our dealings with people and wherever we find ourselves. We won’t go far if we listen to the pride urging us to do wrong things. We won’t excel in our relationship with God if we feel we are above His divine laws. We won’t be able to convince unbelievers of the Grace of God upon our lives if we live in the same ways as criminals.
If people cannot distinguish us from the wayward people whose attitudes are far from purity, then what certitude have we got to declare that indeed we are children of God? If we cannot control the rude ways we talk to people, if we dress up in exposing ways, if we indulge in unlawful and dirty business dealings, are we truly elevating the existence of God?
When we allow humility to take charge of the ego in us, we are totally given Christ the maxima positions in our lives.
Let us examine ourselves, can we boldly hit our chests and affirm, without any inner reproach that, indeed we are Christians? Have we asked ourselves, what will happen when God is missing in our lives?
‘For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].’ James 1:20 (AMP Bible)
We just welcomed in a six-month old kitten and our seven-year old cat found it difficult to accept the new one. For days, it ran outside and only comes in to eat. This is a cat that is used to staying indoors and sharing our bed at times. However things changed all because of this new kitten.
Instead of us to come together, to sort out the best way to make peace between the two, we ended up confronting each other. We failed to come to term and it did not come too easy. I bet the cats must have stood afar or were listening to us from their hidden corners. We almost destroyed everything we’d worked for. We refused to listen to each other. We failed to agree. We, each, believed we are right while the other is wrong.
Days later we discovered the older cat returned home though maintaining some distances from the kitten. Life came back to normal. Then we sat down and retold our stories, trying to find out why we acted, angrily. We looked back, thinking of the consequences of what might have happened if we had not been able to control our anger. It ended well between us, because we acknowledged our faults and apologised to each other.
I cited this example because later during the following days as I reflected back to that small incident, I thought of how many people have allowed their emotions to ruin them. I thought of the level of destruction that anger brought into the lives of many happy couples. I thought of can happen what if these people had not given the chances to their feelings to rule them so that they were able to take charge of their situations.
There is no crime in getting angry. We are humans. We have feelings. We don’t just accept issues without us explaining why this or why that. We want to voice our thoughts. We believe that if those in our world pause to listen to us, it means we are being heard.
Too much of everything causes trouble, I mean, lots of trouble. Do we know that anger is so bad that it is capable of bringing us irreparable damages? Do we know that anger can lead us to losing our establish relationship with God? Do we know that we can turn around a failing situation if we can quickly repress our boiling anger?
Every time we feel the urge to explode, please let us remember the cross. Let us pause and think of the friendship that join us with the other person. Let us go out then and take a short walk in order to clear our heads before we return home to make peace. Let us always remember that God does not want us to lose what He has in store for us. He does not want us to be careless in our ways. He wants us to hold tight to our righteousness because our lives depend on it. Above all, let us masters the strong need for self-control.
May we not lose the kingdom of God as result of our uncontrollable anger in Jesus mighty name, amen.
“Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrel.” 2 Timothy 2: 23
When you decide to keep cool in the midst of conflict, it does not mean that you are a dummy who cannot fight. It simply means that you are wise to know how to avoid trouble.
It is the same when dealing with people. You need to understand that not everybody will be able to understand things the way you do. This is why you need to be very careful with what comes out of your mouth.
You may say something and another person will read different meaning to it. They will go on to accuse you of being a problem and before you know it, they will start quarrelling with you.
Now, I implore you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to be very, very cautious when you talk.
- In fact, you should only talk where it is relevant and needful.
- Be careful what you say.
- Think thoroughly before letting the words out of your mouth
- Be spiritually conscious all the times.
I pray that the Lord will help you more in your Christian life so that you will live the pleasing life require of you, amen.