There are people in my life! You have those? I mean PEOPLE!!! Oh, wait, yes, we all have people in our life. Can’t really avoid people. They pop in, they pop out, some stay for a long time. I find myself becoming annoyed sometimes with people. Come on! You do too! No wagging your finger. Oh, wait, I just got annoyed with you. See how fast that can happen? OY!
When I get annoyed with someone, I see that as a smoke signal to my soul, letting me know there is something wrong. It could be the person that has the problem, or (gasp) it could be me that has the problem!
Heres the deal. If I am truly peaceful, truly relying on the Lord, truly in deep relationship with Him then the things people do, don’t annoy me! I can trust Him to be my protector and the leader of my choices. So, when I am annoyed, I should see where that smoke is coming from. Because God wants me free, He sends smoke signals for me to look deep within and find out where the spark came from that brought the smoldering fire.
HOW do I look deep within?
If it truly is the other persons deal, I also go to God. For, really…He is the judge, not me. However, as a true lover of God, I am called to love people! So, going to them and being honest is a good choice. AFTER looking at myself. AFTER surrendering them to God. AFTER I ask God to fill me with HIS love for this person. AFTER HE says, yes, share with them the goodness you see in them. THEN with LOVE in my heart, NOT with justice or bitterness, or control, I am released to share the smoke signal I am seeing. Allowing Gods loving Spirit to lead the conversation. For HE will show them in HIS time where the spark that caused a smoldering fire came from. HE will give them a new spark. My job is to love.
GOD is so good at loving me. I desire HIS fire burning in me. HE shows me, if I let Him, what spark started the fire when I see smoke. It is the signal for me to open up and let God speak into my life. Not place blame, point fingers or even condemn myself. I am to let Him convict me of those things that are not mine, so HE can relight the fire!
Scriptures to ponder:
Romans 15:5-7 ~ May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
Ephesians 4:15 ~ Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
2 John 1:2-3 ~ because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever. 3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.