Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Today begins a three-part series on chains that lock us down.
By that I mean that:
They shackle us to selfishness
They clamp our compassion
They fasten our desire to offer forgiveness
They latch us to loneliness
They padlock our potential
Today’s two chains poison us:
Gotta Be My Way – If we spend all our time demanding that others think and sound like we do we’ll never really learn, much less embrace, what they think.
Drama Dragger – Trying to drag others into our emotional slop so they will make us feel better never works for long.
Demanding people and drama-filled people are often insecure people who fear losing control; even though their efforts to control were really based on myths.
Instead of demanding our way or dragging people into our drama God challenges us to offer gentleness.
“Always be gentle with others…Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.“ 1
We can be shackled by lies. These lies give us false hope. They poison us and threaten to poison others around us.
True peace is available. God makes it available to those of us who ask.
Will we seek true peace or false power?
1 – Philippians 4:5-7, CEV