A Better Way to Respond


Aletha HinthornF. B. Meyer told of a clergyman, who, when tempted to feel great irritation, would look up and claim the patience and gentleness of Christ. He had developed a habit of claiming from Christ the patience he lacked within himself. When we try to love with mere human love, it often falls short.

Rather than reacting out of our frustration, we can flee to the One who wants to give us His thoughts and His reactions. Because we have access to the mind of Christ, we don’t need to respond out of our human weakness.

We pray, “Dear Lord, what are You thinking about this child?” and suddenly possess a fresh love and understanding that enable us to deal with a troublesome situation calmly and kindly. Kindness and gentleness are gifts to those who keep in step with the Spirit.

Thank You, Jesus, for the possibility of keeping in step with the Spirit.

"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3).

Today's Prayer Request
Please pray for the direction of the Holy Spirit as we plan the Come to the Fire Council meeting January 5-7.