LIFE – Jean Symons – 25 August 2019

Pain is inevitable when you work with people

Jean mentioned that he learned valuable lessons in difficult situations, which repositioned him for a new ministry opportunity.

Is disappointment the norm? We tend to globalize everything instead of localizing the current situation. When we are hurt or disappointed by one team, leader or church it does not mean that it is the norm. The danger of globalizing every situation causes us to lose sight of the new avenues God intends for us to pursue.

A single isolated event can lead to covenant with negative conviction.

When we use the words “I will never”, we allow the root of bitterness to sprout in our hearts. Even the smallest seed of bitterness can yield a large crop! Often life attempts to steal our hearts.

Battle for our hearts. Proverbs 4:23; 25; 27 – Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].  Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk; Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.

The enemy aims to steal your trust and motivation. Guard your heart!

We take great pains in securing our homes and possessions with safety cameras, alarm systems and tracking devices, but fail to secure our hearts and keep it safe from attack. It is not the criticism of people that causes pain, but our acceptance of the criticism.

We need to believe God’s opinion of us…He has the last word! We sometimes place everything on the table and wait for the affirmation of people. This leads to exasperation and disappointment.

Reactive versus creative. Romans 12:17-18 – Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

We need to cultivate an attitude of positivity. We can control what is in our hearts. We need to show kindness to people who do not deserve it!

Romans 12:19 – Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Sometimes we allow distress to convince us that God has also turned His back on us. We need to be careful not to lose the liberty we have in approaching Him with everything. In perfect trust there is true freedom.

Romans 12:20-21 – But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The longer we keep our focus on anger, the longer we will be enslaved by it. Open your heart slowly and intentionally to allow people in once again.



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