What is your response when your husband, child or even pet is being attacked with lies, disrespect and/or just downright meanness? Sometimes I can feel the 6 inch bear claws growing from my fingers and the deep frightening growl about to erupt from my throat. There are times that I have allowed this to happen (well, maybe not in such a drastic way), and there are times I have dealt with it calmly.
A part of why I love to blog is to admit my personal mistakes and share with you what God has taught me, sometimes over and over again! There are times when I have to swallow my pride! And today is one of them. You see, I failed recently, and did not put on a meek and quite spirit.
I will not go into detail, but my response was not the best and I allowed this little incident to get to me. Now, let me assure you, there are times when we do need to stand up and defend our children. Jesus did. When his disciples belittled the children in Matthew, Jesus defended the children and told the disciples,
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
He teaches us to respond with a meek and quiet spirit. What is meek? Does it mean to get trampled on and allow our loved ones to suffer, while we just turn our heads? Hardly! Although there is a time and a place for remaining silent, we do need to speak up with a meek and quiet spirit.
To be meek is to be humble and gentle. To not let circumstances ruffle our feathers. To be in control of our emotions. That is how we should respond if need be.
Sometimes this just isn't possible right away. We are sinful creatures and that old anger pot starts to boiling. We must never, never respond until we can simmer that pot. Usually, bad things happen when we respond with raised blood pressure. So, there are times when we must walk away. That's tough to do, especially when we have a really good comeback line and are about to let a little roar escape our lips!
Think of Jesus' responses, direct and to the point. Remember, we are to be a light here on earth. Although we do need to stand up and defend any wrongdoings done to our loved ones at times, we can do so without a swipe of the bear claw.
Let's keep the mama bears in us hibernating forever, shall we?
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