Tag Archives: discord

Anger Control

It is so comforting to know You are with me, Father. To awaken in the middle of the night and have that calm assurance when my mind is drawn to You. Even now, as yesterday’s time was consumed in preparation for Sunday’s worship, You gently woke me at this early hour so we could have ample time to be together. Thank You, Father, for Your love for me is undeniable.

Matthew 12:22-30 (<<click the green)

Lord, You were quick to expose the holes in the Pharisees’ accusation of Your power coming from Satan – “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined…” Their allegation didn’t hold water but they wanted to get a reaction. They were stirring up discord by sowing doubt.

As my mind is processing this interaction, it is causing me to look at how I react to accusations in my life. You were justifiably angry, as verse 34 clearly shows, but You weren’t consumed by that anger. You were in control of Your reaction the entire time and You addressed the affront head on.

Me? How do I respond to accusations? Um…most of the time I struggle with control and being consumed is where I fall. I am more apt to lash out. Being angry is one thing but lashing out without thinking is where my fault tends to lie. It may not be evident to those around me but those closest to me feel the heat more often than they should, I’m ashamed to admit.

Lord, I confess my weakness. I would pray for Your assistance in addressing my failing. I may be genetically disposed to anger (if that’s even a possibility} but I can surely fight against it, asking Your Holy Spirit to give me correction and guidance. Many times if I would just stop…and think, my anger would be shut down or at least toned down so that I would respond in a way that would reflect Your influence upon my life. May it be so, Lord. Amen.

Apr 13th, 2018, Fri, 4:43 am

Conductor of Love

Father, even though it is overcast as we come together this morning I am truly grateful, as the old hymn says, that “There is sunshine in my soul today”! I would ask that You would give me an opportunity this day to let the “sunshine” radiate through me. Help it to burn through the fog in which people find themselves to illuminate their vision of You. May the Son shine through!

Colossians 3:14 (<<click the green)

Harmony in love, both are very fulfilling but to really be what they are I cannot have only one component. I can sing a solo a cappella and it can be nice but it’s so much more fun if it becomes a duet or a trio or a choir. Throw in some instruments and the possibilities are almost endless! Love is the same way. I can love myself but it is not nearly as enjoyable as loving someone else. Thinking of loving God and others has so many facets and possibilities. The breadth and depth of what that means take my breath away!

When I work together and I am clothed in love, with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ what harmony is generated. Too many times lack of love brings discord in the faith community. Lord, help me to be a conductor of love. And enable me to allow love to permeate my being to the very core. Change me so that every thought, every action, every word, everything that motivates me is immersed and filled with love. Help me to be a sponge dunked in love so that no matter how anyone interacts with me love will touch them in some way. It’s a challenge I know. It’s not my normal leaning. I want my needs, my comfort, my satisfaction. My love for others does come through but it needs to come through more! I pray that love in action becomes my leaning!

June 23rd, 2015, Tues, 8:22 am

Conductor of Love

Father, even though it is overcast as we come together this morning I am truly grateful, as the old hymn says, that “There is sunshine in my soul today”! I would ask that You would give me opportunity this day to let the “sunshine” radiate through me. Help it to burn through the fog in which people find themselves to illuminate their vision of You. May the Son shine through!

Colossians 3:14 (<<click here)

Harmony in love, both are very fulfilling but to really be what they are I cannot have only one component. I can sing a solo a cappella and it can be nice but it’s so much more fun if it becomes a duet or a trio or a choir. Throw in some instruments and the possibilities are almost endless! Love is the same way. I can love myself but it is not nearly as enjoyable as loving someone else. Thinking of loving God and others has so many facets and possibilities. The breadth and depth of what that means takes my breath away!

When I work together and I am clothed in love, with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ what harmony is generated. Too many times lack of love brings discord in the faith community. Lord, help me to be a conductor of love. And enable me to allow love to permeate my being to the very core. Change me so that every thought, every action, every word, everything that motivates me is immersed and filled with love. Help me to be a sponge dunked in love, so that no matter how anyone interacts with me love will touch them in some way. It’s a challenge I know. It’s not my normal leaning. I want my needs, my comfort, my satisfaction. My love for others does come through but it needs to come through more! I pray that love in action becomes my leaning!

June 23rd, Tues, 8:22 am