|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM|
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15: 5-7
Do you ever get frustrated when your ideas conflict with those of others? Isn't it difficult when people just don't understand where you are coming from? If Christ Himself found dissent and insults, why should we be surprised by our own such encounters?
I recently had this experience with a fellow believer. I was pretty concerned when later I found out she had misinterpreted what I was trying to communicate. When it comes to challenges in training up your children there is plenty of advice out there. Same goes with guiding your teens and young adults through the pitfalls of life.
At any rate, we settled on the importance of being unified in Christ, and having the mind of Christ..that is, to pray for one another, bear with one another, and bear each other's burdens.
Thankfully, we have matured in our Christian life to be able to draw from the wellspring of God's grace to arrive at that place in our discussion.
That said, I know there is always another conflict or disagreement around the corner, right? The Enemy is a prowling lion looking for a way to bring us down. But, our Redeemer, well, greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Halleluia!
I never want to depend on my own reasoning alone. The Holy Spirit gives me so much more than "gut feelings". He teaches me, guides me and corrects me when I am off!
Charles Swindoll summed it up very well when speaking of the Holy Spirit as our fuel:
"He energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us in spite of the obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the Spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision. In short, he is our spiritual fuel. When we attempt to operate without him or to use some substitute fuel, all systems grind to a halt."
From "Flying Closer to the Flame"
These traits of the Spirit have been a great help in my life. That's one flame I draw near to daily. I know I won't get burned or spurned. I will be loved, encouraged and supplied and even disciplined, whatever I need.
What a Comforter, what a Counselor! Let's remember to draw near to God the Holy Spirit today and fuel up for whatever lies ahead.
Praise to You, Most Holy God, Father, Son and Spirit. How could I ever live without you? I am so grateful that you show me the path for my life. In your presence is fullness of joy. I rejoice that I never walk alone because of you. I give you all my worship and praise today. Amen!
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