Sunday, November 6, 2011

I can't believe u think that

Today's Prayer Oh God, Time and grace heals our wounds, but time is not always a friend. What about my friends who have not heard Your words of life? What if they were 2 die today? I should know how short life can be. I've lost loved ones and friends who were young. Accidents and sudden illness can take away a life quickly. Cancer, diabetes, aneurysms, catastrophic events can change a person's health and life in a moment. Lord, why do I fear opening my mouth? Please help me 2b bold, 2 speak Your words of truth and life 2 those I love, my family and friends, b4 time runs out. Help me 2b a living testimony 4 You. Stir up the Holy Spirit within me and the gifts You have given me 2 minister 2 others, 2 reach a dying world, 2 share Your love and Your hope 4 the future. Thank You in the name of Jesus, my sweet Lord and Savior. Amen.

I can't believe u think that!
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Who is wise and understanding among u? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom" (James 3:13-14). 

"I can't believe u think that," I complained. "I was simply trying 2 explain that I don't have the same feelings about that issue as u do." The other person's response left little empathy 4 my position bcoz of the tone in which I had responded. We resigned ourselves 2 agree 2 disagree.
We all see things through our own set of glasses at times. Men view things differently than women. Bosses see things differently than employees. One ethnic group will see a situation totally different than another. Our life experiences, our past treatment of circumstances and our personalities all contribute 2 how we view situations in daily life.

Perception is often each person's reality whether that reality is true or not. Your perception of a situation is going 2 dictate your response more than the actual reality of it.

Whenever conflict arises from viewing things differently there is really only one way 2 resolve the difference. Usually the other person is offended by the tone of the other more than the position that is taken. If the other person is offended, we can only offer a few words: "I'm sorry. Will u forgive me 4 my tone?"

Humbling ourselves is the only way 2 resolve the relational breach. This does not mean u must agree w/the other person's position, it simply means u acknowledge their right 2 their position and u apologize 4 the manner in which u responded 2 their statements. This will usually allow most conflicts 2 avoid a breach in the relationship.

Is there someone u need 2 seek forgiveness from 4 taking an adversarial position?

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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