Today’s post is by my friend, Patricia Knight. I’m so thankful that Pat shares these devotionals with me so that I can share them with you when I am not physically up to working much on my blog. Enjoy!
A Splinter Tells All
By Patricia Knight
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievance you may have against one another and everyone else” (Colossians 3:12-13).
It was only a small splinter in the thumb, but so irritating, like a myriad other things in life that get under one’s skin. Whenever the thumb brushed against something, the area was painful. Such is the way of annoyances, disappointments, and consequences in our lives. We carry them around like prized possessions, allowing their barbs to constantly poke at our weaknesses.
It seems as we progress in life that we would be able to overlook a small infraction or offense toward us because we have far greater issues to confront. However, our emotions are alive and well, ready to exhibit arrogance and indignity. Perhaps we cannot dictate our physical aches and pains but we most certainly want to maintain the ability to minimize the emotional and spiritual trauma we experience.
God commands us to love our enemies and to do good to those who hurt us. He teaches kindness and understanding. God promotes humility and forgiveness. We are told to follow His example, mimicking Jesus.
During the years Jesus ministered on earth, He was doubted, ignored, tricked, tempted, and maligned in every possible way. Not only people’s words, but also the negative motives Jesus could see in their hearts were hurtful to Him.
Let us minimize the suffering we do by reaching out to others in love even when we don’t think they deserve it. We have never deserved the love God lavishes upon us. God’s grace gives us what we do not deserve. God’s mercy does not give us what we do deserve. Let us extend similar grace and mercy to others. If we learn to duplicate but a portion of compassion and forgiveness God extends to us, we may be relieved of emotional anxiety and baggage. At the same time we could improve our personal relationships, learn the value of peace of mind, and obey our God, who commands us to love others as we do ourselves.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to relieve our emotions of all the splintered relationships we have been nurturing? The loss would be our gain.