Thursday, October 20, 2016

Adversity and Humility


"With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2

My friends, have you found yourselves challenged by having opposing beliefs and opinions then some of your closest friends. It can be a difficult balance to know when to speak and when to stay silent. I believe that we can walk in this world together and not be brought down by outside influences. We can either get angry with the people who disagree with us, or we can choose to walk humbly, exercising mercy and grace. Is it easy? No, but by the grace of God, it's doable! If you know you have plans to spend time with someone who does not share your opinions, begin with prayer, calling God into your situation. I'd like to tell you that disagreements won't come up, but experiences tell me that they do. This is the enemies territory. Take authority over it! Do you remember that old saying, "It's not what you say, but how you say it." Choose not only your words, but the tone of your words. Let God be your moral compass, He gives us values and accountability. As women of faith, we are set apart. We can have those difficult conversations and be encouraged. What if peace is more about staying at the table with people whose ideas are different from ours long enough to find God right in the middle of it all!

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