We can look at Bible personalities and assume that they were “extra spiritual” or supernaturally enabled to do great things. Why else would a woman leave her family, home and culture to follow an old woman to an unknown family and culture that worshipped a different god?
Perhaps it was simply that they made wise choices. Some of the dilemmas they faced are not so different from those we face today.
Philippians 2:4 “Let us look not only to our own interests but to the interests of others also.”
When in an argument, I come back to the thought that it’s better to win the relationship than win the argument. To achieve both is fantastic but a rarity.
To enforce an opinion may cost the relationship. We may win the fight but then have caused a rift with another that is never healed.
Therefore consider. In any given conflict, what is the objective beyond the situation? To win the particular situation or to maintain the relationship? Sometimes in losing an argument, we learn by allowing the other, their way.
When facing crises and painful situations, it’s difficult to live according to biblical teachings. When one chooses a standard other than principles of the Bible, the likelihood of experiencing something like depression increases.
Jesus is the ultimate example of looking to God when emotions run high. Even though he never sinned, he did feel the temptation of giving in to his emotions. Mark 4 is a prime example of Jesus being tempted while he spent forty days without food.
Let us focus on God, in doing so the intensity of painful emotions are reduced.
“How are you feeling?” “That doesn’t feel right.” “If it feels right do it.”
We are a feeling driven society. Usually though on the other side of a “feel good” is a “feel bad”".”
Paul writes in Ephesians 2:3, “All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.” He’s writing to believers.
Salvation is a launching pad into a life of change for any believer.
Life continually needs adjustment after salvation. We need spiritual surgery. While Dean was recently ill, life was restrictive and painful. We tried all sorts of alternatives, refusing surgery. Surgery though once done, meant that he could live life again to the fullest.
What we often do, is hang onto sin or bad habits due to the feel good. The consequence is a crippled heart, incorrect thinking and a less fulfilling life. We justify our poor behavior.
Allowing adjustment though leads to our freedom again.
Paul writes in the above Scripture, “used to.” He lets us know that we can leave our wrong behavior and habits in the past and develop new ways. There is a life of opportunities and change for all beyond salvation.