There are very few things that I share on this blog; however, we live in a time where self-control is losing its status. Refer to the attached picture.
Reacting with anger, unforgiveness, and lack of respect for others has become a normal way of life for many individuals.
For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:20
The family unit that God designed has been attacked by Satan since the disunity that occurred from Eve leaving her husband’s side to pursue her own desires. Family unity is important to impart mental, emotional, spiritual strength and validation of our importance to one another. Without the ties that bind, we end up bitter and broken.
It is inevitable that individuals will say and do what is wrong-it’s called sin. We cannot avoid making mistakes; even so, we can avoid further conflict by not responding, holding grudges, and ruining our ability for personal growth.
It is a wonderful way to live when you are able use higher intellect as opposed to the weakness of an EMOTIONAL response.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come from your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
Our lives are really about Building our Character:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of Fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
We know that True power only belongs to God.
Just remember that you are created in the image of God; the next time Satan brings CONFLICT, repeat out loud:
I am created in the image of God, have a blessed day.
It is a personal decision to react or not to react; only you can determine if you will Build or Destroy your Character.
Challenge for today: Focus on God, take a deep breath, and pray!
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please help me to change my outlook. I have not kept my focus on you when responding to difficult situations. My character does not align with the Fruit of the Spirit. I am asking for your help in getting rid of my displaced emotions. Please forgive me as I move forward in life with a spirit of unconditional love, forgiveness, and self-control. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz