A devotional by Brandon Schneiderhan
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” EPHESIANS 4:29
How do you react when something doesn’t go your way? Do you throw a fit? Do you,” take it like a man?” Do you just run away from the situation? Whatever the case, typically, when something doesn’t go the way we wanted it to, we don’t take it very well. I know that for myself personally, obviously depending on what it is, I will not be a happy camper for a while. That’s one of the big ways where my flesh really comes out. Before I was a believer, I was always angry. If you got in my way or did something to hurt me, I would flip out and curse up a storm. All glory to God but when I got saved, a majority of that angry that I was holding onto was taken away from me and I really don’t get angry as easily as I once did. That’s not to say that I never get angry or upset with things, but that the Lord has really done a lot of work in that area for me.
We are always going to struggle with sin while here on this earth, but that doesn’t mean that you are supposed to just say whatever you’re thinking, or “do whatever makes you happy.” When it comes down to it, everyone is going to be judged. As believers, our judgement will be different than non-believers in that when God looks at our lives, regarding salvation, He sees what Jesus did on the cross, but in 2 Corinthians 5:10, we see that there is a judgement for believers of our deeds. With that said, are you currently living in light of that? When something doesn’t go your way, do you respond how Jesus would respond? Easier said than done, but we are called to live differently than the world. Living a life set apart is not an easy thing to do, but that doesn’t make it impossible. You can’t control the choices other people make for their lives, but you can choose how you will live.
“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”