Matthew 5:11…Blessed are you when people insult you. Seriously!

I don’t like to be insulted and I especially don’t enjoy being treated like I’m stupid. And if I am treated in this manner, I sometimes don’t respond the way I should.

Recently when I told a friend how hurt I was over a situation, she asked me if we could call that wounding “sin”. “Really”, I said? “Yes”, she replied “because Valerie, you can choose whether or not you will become wounded.”

Wow! I never thought of that. I made a pact with myself this year not to be the victim. Others may be wishing you or I ill-will or hurt, but Jesus says if they insult you for His sake Rejoice and be Glad.

And even if it isn’t for Christ’s sake, I can learn from criticism and act differently in situations—not reacting negatively, but responding with compassion.  And there you go!

 

Marching…Hup 2, 3, 4…Spreading the fragrance of Christ wherever we go. Seriously!

Our King leads us in a Triumph march as we go along daily spreading the sweet fragrance of Christ. Sometimes I’m not sure the smell I give up is a flowery scent or a heavenly perfume. Oftentimes it’s easier to give off a skank like aroma with the way I’m acting.

But thankfully Christ let’s us walk in a parade of flowers not giving off our own smelly scent, but instead His godly one, and if we do mess up, He helps us get back in step and march once again in time—where the enchanting aroma lingers way past the time of it’s passing by!

So today, whenever someone “smells” you and me, what will it be more like…sweet smelling perfume or attic moth balls. Let’s opt for the former and stay in step with the parade master!  And there you go!

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Seriously!

On Facebook my friend Celisa Harris said something to the effect that she wished she always had the right words to say in every situation. Don’t we all?

Jesus will give us the right words or show us when to remain quiet if we are tuned in to Him in any situation. The trouble with me is that I often speak before I listen to His Spirit on the matter.

Encouragement takes practice, but someone needs to do it. Think of someone who said just the right thing to you in your time of great need. There are lots of people who have encourage me so it’s hard to pick just one, but today I’m going to thank some of them. I hope and pray it will be an apt time for them. Won’t you do the same?  And there you go!

For God disciplines those He loves. Seriously!

Hebrews 12 tells us not to lose heart at God when He rebukes us because He punishes everyone He accepts as a son, and in between those two statements lies the words “the Lord disciplines those He loves”.

I feel mighty loved sometimes. How about you? Friends and neighbors this should give us such hope. We are His and He’s not fed up on us.

His kindness and discipline lead us in the growth process of holiness. We will one day be like Him, and on that day we will understand why He disciplined us the way He did. Just as your children cannot always understand the “why” of discipline when it is being implanted so we may not understand God’s discipline when it is being applied, but we can rejoice in the fact that we do know we are “true sons” as verse 7 tells us and not illegitimate children. Praise God for that! And there you go!

 

Spare the rod, spoil the child. Seriously!

This is a risky topic I understand, but a vital one for today’s parents and grandparents in our societal entitlement era. We give children all kinds of stuff and put them in all kinds of activities, and we wonder why they are not more grateful or selfless.

Proverbs 13:24 says “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”

Nowadays, yelling and name calling have replaced a swat on the bottom of our children, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’d much rather be given a swat than be sworn at and demeaned or belittled.

Not in anger, but in love…Actually because of love, discipline is necessary. First, we must discipline ourselves to godliness, not perfection—but godliness—then we can correct our children out of our love for our Savior. Let him guide you in loving discipline today.  And there you go.