There are things in this life that can hurt a person down to the depths of their soul.
And, there are things that can happen to make you feel like you live at the top of a mountain and nothing could ever go wrong!
What do you do….when that hurt cuts so incredibly deep that just the mention of a name brings fear, sorrow, or other emotions….that stir up your heart in ways…that make you question any forgiveness you thought you may have given that person.
What about that mountain top you found….the elated emotions you experienced? What about those…do they wipe away every fear, every concern…answer your life’s problems and help you help others?
It’s so easy to become entangled in emotions. They are not ‘bad’…what we do with them can be ‘bad’…but, in and of themselves, they can truly increase the beauty of our journey.
But, I digress…what do you do? How do you handle those hurts and victories? Do you share it? Do you shout it from the roof tops?
All of these situations…..can cause a person to truly double think the way they share their lives with others. Sharing with close friends, mentors…I so believe is part of a process we all need to grow and be accountable…in the good and the bad.
Paul gives us good advice in Ephesians…..
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4: 2-3
So, yes, ‘bear with one another in love’…..but, be gentle and humble. If you know someone has talked about you to another person…don’t pull the other person in or add to it. If they come to you….then humbly share your heart…in a gentle way…loving the offender deeply. If you have experienced a great victory in this life…remember, it may be short-lived…it may be the victory another has been praying for….and be gentle, humble…and show praise to the one who allowed either of those circumstances to come into your life.
Me….I’m sharing this because both are near and dear to my heart right now. Each day…can be filled with both…hurt, failure and success….and I need this as a reminder….and am thankful to Paul for writing it so well! I am thankful, most of all for my Heavenly Father…who guides us, grows us and desires a relationship with us!!!
This life is a journey…an opportunity to lift one another up….let’s do that together!
What verses are you meditating on or memorizing this week?????
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