RESPOND IN WORSHIP

When tragedy first strikes Job, he responded in worship…

“Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship.” Job 1:20

 Job did reach a point where he cursed the day he was born in his moment of agony. Eliphaz told him…

“In the past, you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? “Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have, the upright been destroyed?” Job 4:3-7

 Job was a man of complete integrity and considered blameless by God. Yet God allowed him to suffer. His character was put to the test. 

 Ask yourself, how do I respond when I’m going through? When everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong? When I feel like someone is being rude or unkind towards me? etc… I had to ask myself these questions and many other questions. My initial response is not always faith or trust in God or worship. Sometimes God allows us to experience pain through certain situations that will make us extremely uncomfortable. He will test our character to purify us. I am learning true humility. I have learned to continually pray Psalms 139:23-24. I realized it’s more important to focus on how I’m responding, my attitude, and actions than to focus on my circumstances, what’s being done or said to me. I learned to hold my peace, knowing God sees all. He cares and he understands. He tests the heart of every person. I accepted where I am, learned why I’m in that season and decided to continue trusting God. I decided not to let anything happening outside of my control change my praise and worship. 

SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS

It is important that we seek God for a Spirit of Gentleness [Meekness]. It is a vital Fruit of the Spirit when it comes to dealing with other people.

It’s so important to be careful how we speak to other people or about other people. I can admit I have failed in this area countless times. I made a conscious effort to be kind and gentle. It did not always come to me naturally. Through prayer, fasting, and many test and trial this Fruit of the Spirit became evident in my life.

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

Proverbs 12:18 “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”

Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

Choose to respond gently and in love towards other people. Choose words that heal. Think of words you use to describe others and consider how you would feel if these same words were used to describe you. If it’s hard for you, God is able. Ask God to help you to be gentle and choose words that are not hurtful to others. God is gentle with us. Even in our disobedience he gently led us.

God can use a heart full of gentleness. 1 Samuel 16:7 “…The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” God instructed Samuel to anoint David as king because he looked at his heart and rejected his brothers. We can’t always tell what’s on the inside. Sometimes outward appearance can cover the content of what’s truly in the heart. Acting kind and then having means thoughts or bad attitude towards others is not from a gentle heart.

There’s unfading beauty in a gentle and quiet spirit, it’s precious to God (1 Peter 3:4). People are fragile. Even more fragile and important than other things in life that holds so much weight and value to us. Our actions toward other, whether seen or unseen, can be proof of our heart’s condition. Whether it is hard or gentle. A gentle heart is gentle and kind to all, not just those we like or relate to. If we are honest, none of us deserve the kindness of God but he gave it to us anyways.

Choose to show God’s gentleness to other. Colossians 3:12 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”