1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4: 1-5
This was a word that was given to me this afternoon, just in the right timing. A part of me was dumbfounded, and just felt like I was truly blown away emotionally and surely wasn't expecting that! But God is faithful to send us His word, at just the right time.
How amazing it is, when we realize how if we surround ourselves with loving support, that does not support an ongoing sinful life simply because that is what society does (even Christians), how easy it is to continue to walk in repentance ~ and result in obedience. I have learned in the last few months especially, how to allow integrity to be a part of my natural character. If I was "self seeking" I would quickly point fingers and let the one who hurt me know they had done so, but guess what?! I am learning! My emotions do not rule my reactions anymore. Amazing!! God has allowed me to walk through some storms, some fires even, yet I can look back now and realize how foolish I once was. Am I perfect now? Not at all. BUT this was one way, that God got the glory from a moment when my heart was crushed. See, I don't have to go to every single person who "hurts" me know they have done so, because how can they know? Especially if by chance they are reacting in a self seeking way. It kind of reminds me of situations in my classroom where a student gets hurt, but the one who did the hurting had no clue , because well three year olds are "all about me" anyway. An hour a go I wanted to cry, and now putting pieces together, along with encouragement from God's word ~ I feel completely joyful again knowing that it wasn't an intentionally hurt. If it was, it still isn't mine to deal with.
God is good and faithful. I am just walking in joy today in more ways then I have time to share. It's nice to look at the bigger picture of this thing called life instead of those little moments. Walking with integrity vs self seeking nonsense is an amazing way to live!