My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, May 17, 2012
What's your attitude?
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;
(2 Thessalonians 1:3 NASB)
therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of
God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your
persecutions and afflictions which you endure.
(2 Thessalonians 1:4 NASB)
This letter is written to a new, small church that is struggling to
be faithful in the midst of a hostile environment. While they are
being persecuted, they continue to have a good attitude. They are
having tough days and yet they are allowing God to work in them and
their faith grows, and the love they have for one another is visible to
those around them. Therefore, it's easy to brag on these folks, who are
allowing God to give them a good attitude, despite their circumstances.
There are times when we feel absolutely slammed by life. We
literally feel like the circumstances around us are unfair and they can
feel crushing. It becomes easy for our circumstances to dictate our
reaction. The folks in Thessalonica were being persecuted because of
their faith. While that scenario may be increasing these days, I'm not
sure that's what most of us are having to deal with in our Christian
walk -- out and out blatant persecution. However, we may be facing what
feels like persecution on a different level. It's when outside forces
begin to crush in on us that our attitude can become a reflection of our
reaction. Life doesn't always play out the way we would like, but we
can choose how we will react. What kind of attitude will we have toward
life? How will we respond to those who may be persecuting us?
The Thessalonians chose to allow God to work in their negative
circumstances. I believe that is truly an option. We may choose to
nurse our hurts, or we may choose to allow God to minister to our
woundedness. The result is that either our faith will grow, like that
of the Thessalonians, or we will become stagnant with the result of
hardness and bitterness. Either our love for one another will grow cold
as a result of the difficulties, or our love for one another will
flourish. No one ever said that allowing God to minister to us in tough
times was easy, but it is possible.
What's your attitude? Will we allow God to so fill us that we can we
respond to difficult situations with a heart of love and grace and
God's image may continue to grow and develop in us? Your attitude --
your response -- it's your choice!
Lord, please help me in the difficult days of life to keep my eyes
on you and may those becomes moments of growth in my life. Amen.