When the boat we are in is sinking…what will we hold onto?
When the storms of life are battering our hearts, souls, and minds…
we have to choose.
We have a choice of what we will hold close to our hearts.
Do we wrap our arms around something that floats?
Or do we wrap our arms around something that sinks?
No matter which choice we make, our situation may not change.
The boat is still sinking…life is still hard and our hearts may break.
But we don’t have to do down with it.
Embracing negatives will never yield positives.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,
along with every form of malice.”
Bitterness: harshly reproachful; marked by cynicism and rancor
Rage: violent and uncontrolled anger
Brawling: to quarrel or fight noisily
Slander: having or showing intense often vicious ill will
Malice: desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
How do we get rid of these things?
Thankfully, God’s Word provides the answer in the very next verse!
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Kindness: affection…tender attachment
Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Forgiving: allowing room for error or weakness
The characteristics that scripture warns us about are constantly touted as “cool” or entertaining in every form of media today. Not only that, but we are also bombarded with “entertainment”ideals that minimize
and even ridicule the qualities God says we need.
Our Heavenly Father knows the true cost
of adopting the negative traits as our own.
He wants us to learn a different way…
a way that does not sink us but lifts us up.
His way...the way of Truth and Love.
Must continually recognize negativity and put it aside.
Allowing it to stay brings destruction to our spiritual bodies:
clouding our minds, blinding our eyes, and hardening our hearts.